|How this couple earns a six figure annual income with 1.5 acres of land.|
|Written by Ethan A. Huff|
|Can small-scale farming in the modern age really generate enough income for the average family to make an honest living? For Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Helene Desroches, it does. The Canadian couple grows beets, broccoli, salad greens, carrots, and various other types of produce on their modest 1.5 acres of land, from which they generate an average of at least $140,000 per year in sales - not too shabby!|
Growing better, not bigger, can still be highly profitable.
|When they first started out, the couple adopted unique methods of growing food that Fortier describes as being "biologically intensive." Many of these natural methods of permaculture they still use today, including conservation tillage, permanent growing beds, and crop rotation, all of which have proven to be a huge success.|
|"We could have followed a route similar to that taken by all other growers we knew: invest in a tractor and move towards a more mechanized growing system," Fortier says. "Instead, we opted to stay small-scale and continue relying on our hands and light power tools."|