Cost of Program: $1997.00 (a limited number of scholarships are available)

Dates of Classes: Every Tuesday, 1/17-3/28 (with one week off in February) Optional Site visit on 4/4/23
Location: Stony Brook Southampton Chancellors Hall 269 Montauk Hwy Southampton, NY 11968 (classroom to be announced shortly)

Telephone Number: 631-632-8000 (FoodLab ext)

Information on Garden Market Institute Class: https://themarketgardener.com/

For Additional Information, Contact: Judiann.carmack-fayyaz@stonybrook.edu


We, at FoodLab, believe that farming on smaller parcels of land in a biointensive way is the future of food production. It’s a different type of farming than conventional farming that can lead to higher yields and higher profits, while respecting the environment. It’s a technique and a practice.

FoodLab’s Small-scale Farming Training Program includes guided instruction through the Market Garden Institute Masterclass , a course developed by J.M. Fortier and the Garden Market Institute. Fortier developed and tested a biointensive growing method that increases the soil’s biology and works with nature to achieve maximum yields on small surfaces.

Farmer Ian Calder-Piedmonte will be the instructor for the course offering insights into his experience farming at Balsam Farms, which started out as a 10 acre farm on rented property with one tractor. There will be site visits and tutorials on how to use tools of the trade and insights on how to run a farming business.

FoodLab’s Small Scale Farming Training Program will be offered online and in person. The Garden Market Institute program is offered as a complete program online. Class meetings will meet in-person on the Stony Brook Southampton Campus on Tuesdays from either 2-4pm or 6-8pm. There is an option to attend the ‘in-person’ classes virtually via Zoom.

The cost of the program is $1997. This price includes life-time access to the online course with all of the technical sheets and videos as well as the additional benefit of having an experienced farmer as an instructor and one to two site visits. It is the same price as taking it directly with the Garden Market Institute, but with extra benefits. Our program encourages participants to develop a community network and to learn from each other.

Food Lab is partnering with Amber Waves Farm, which offers paid apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring farmers. Apprenticeships at the farm last from March/April through October. We are also happy to help participants find paid apprenticeships in other localities to the extent possible. Please contact us at the email below if you are interested in receiving more information on apprenticeships.

For additional information, contact Judiann.Carmack-Fayyaz@StonyBrook.edu


The Masterclass is an online educational program offered by the Market Gardener Institute that was designed for people who want to make a living from small-scale farming. The program is not suitable for home gardeners who wish to learn more about setting up a domestic garden. The Masterclass combines in-depth video tutorials, details on day-to-day operations, a vibrant digital community, and a comprehensive digital library outlining methods, techniques and tools. This program allows you to master the methodology, tools, and techniques to grow crops successfully in a context of heightened efficiency in the regenerative microfarming model.

The Masterclass provides a thorough roadmap to success. Years of trial and error can really wreak havoc on a farm — many farmers struggle and some give up. Our program is no substitute for hard work and hands-on experience, but it can significantly shorten the learning curve when starting a new farm or taking your farm to a new level of productivity. The Market Gardener’s Masterclass can help to professionalize and standardize the activities of an existing farm, which can lead to greater efficiencies and higher profits.