I have been a market gardener for 2 years, growing for food banks, individuals and restaurants.
Before getting into market gardening, I was a construction contractor for 25 years and I needed a change in my life, I prepared for ten years to cultivate on 200 ft2 in the backyard where we lived in Montreal, I was inspired by Philip Forrer and then by watching dozens of videos on permaculture, I discovered No Dig by Charles Dowding.
I immediately fell in symbiosis with this way of farming. I watched all the videos on the channel and I felt ready for a new adventure, so I closed my construction business at 51, sold our house and my partner and I moved to Rimouski as a partner, we found a magnificent piece of land with an almost new house but on the other hand the place where I installed my gardens was on a rocky cape. So I brought in a bulldozer with a 3' tooth to open the rock and for aeration then I spread a 3 inch layer of fill soil to have a bottom (6000 ft2 of surface) finally I I applied the principles of No Dig, several layers of cardboard and 12" of compost and for my paths I use BRF.
After two years of cultivation, the results are magnificent, we are completely self-sufficient in vegetables and small fruits and I wait for the first fruits from my new orchard. This year 2023, I harvested more than a ton of varied vegetables :)