organic farmers photobooth
  Our life on the farm is so strongly associated with seasons. Spring, summer, fall, and winter play a strong role. But there’s also a seasonality to the business aspects of running our farm. We stop going to market at the end of October or early November. We have a few weeks to get the farm ready for the snow on its way (this year that was a VERY short window!). And then we begin our ritual of farm conference-ing. One of the “guiding principles” we’ve identified for our life (and so by extension, our farm….since our farm is principles […]

It’s Farm Conference Season. What did we Learn?


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  Well, this coming Saturday will be our last week selling at the Dieppe Market this year. We’ll be inside at the market, near the entrance where the blueberries were. Then we’ll spend the winter planning, seed-ordering and bookkeeping. And we’ll be back in the spring – usually sometime in April, but the exact week always depends on the weather. Stock Up for the Winter A lot of our customers are interested in buying extras to store over the winter (or at least for a few weeks). Though many aren’t sure how to keep things so they’ll store as long […]

We’d Love to See You on Our Last ...


Green Manure
Thanks to our great friend Katie for taking all these photos of our field day! This past Sunday (October 14th), we held a Field Day at our farm. While it was a bit late in the season to show the peak of abundance, the timing was strategic. It would be less likely that mosquitoes or black flies would overwhelm folks. It’s crazy beautiful here when the leaves are changing colour in the fall. We wanted to host a demo of our Self-Loading compost spreader and we needed it to be a time when it was mostly completed and definitely useable […]

Behind the Scenes: a Recap of our Field ...



Seeds from Milkweed
  The Canadian Organic Standards Revision Process has begun! This is required to happen every 5 years to keep the Standards relevant, legal, and to maintain equivalency agreements with other countries. The Committee that is responsible for the revision of the Canadian Organic Standards is called the Technical Committee (or TC for short). Under the TC, there are working groups for specific categories (Crops, Livestock, Processing, and Maple) and Task Groups (on Greenhouses, Sprouts, Poultry, Pigs, Honey) that recommend wording on Standards to the TC. These working and task groups are made up of people with a specific interest or […]

It’s Underway – Change to the Canadian Organic ...


field day poster
We’re hosting a Field Day at Broadfork Farm, welcome to all!   Approximate schedule: (possibly subject to modifications) 1-2 pm: Farm tour. We’ll show you around and talk about what we see. 2-3 pm: Garlic Planting Party! Many hands make light work. Garlic is a fun crop to plant and a nice way to get your hands into the soil before winter arrives. Plus: we’re super excited that we’ll all be serenaded while planting garlic by our neighbour Bridget Michels, who will be playing and singing ‘music to plant garlic by’. For a time, Bridget was lucky enough to make […]

We’re hosting a Field Day & Everyone’s Welcome!


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    This past weekend we got frost. Sigh. This is pretty early, though there was one other year since we started Broadfork Farm that we had frost around the same time. When there are warnings of ‘chance of frost,” we tend to get them. And when we’re checking the 7 day forecast at this time of year and see that a night might get down below 8C with clear skies, we get mentally prepared for the worst. We live in a part of the region that’s fairly susceptible to getting colder than areas around us. Coupled with the late […]

Early Frost! This is How we Protect Crops