Hi! We’re Shannon and Bryan, farmers at Broadfork Farm in River Hebert, NS.
I’m Shannon. I decided to become a farmer after studying nutrition. I felt that the best way for me to help people eat better was to grow the healthiest food I could for them. I ended up traveling the world, learning to farm in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, India, and Canada. Each of these experiences has influenced our farm in different ways.
My name’s Bryan. During university, I spent a summer apprenticing on an organic farm….then never stopped. I loved the complexity of farming and learning to work within the laws of nature. Working with my hands – building things, tending plants and animals, and caring for the soil – is the ideal job for me….despite the many curveballs thrown at us as farmers.
We met while working on neighbouring farms in southern Ontario. We shared a love of farming, cooking, and eating (Our first dates were to speciality cheese shops!). When we decided we wanted to start our own farm, the east coast drew us – the ocean, forests, and small communities. We started Broadfork Farm in 2011. With each season, our stewardship of this farm improves. We hope to be doing this for the rest of our lives.
You might like reading our Farmer’s Manifesto.
Why we Farm
What we do
We are young farmers passionate about health: for this planet, for our soil, for the eaters of the food we produce and our fellow species on earth.
After getting years of experience by working on other farms, we started Broadfork Farm in 2011.
We produce delicious, organic vegetables and gorgeous cut flowers for people who love experiencing our region’s seasonal gifts.
Through our weekly stall at the Dieppe Market, our Market Food Club, and regular deliveries to some of the best restaurants around, we share the bounty from our soil. Just the nourishment your body craves!
Our sweet little farm, beautiful produce, and our story of becoming 1st generation farmers have been featured on the French travel show Taste Hunters, the international magazine pebble, local show The Eastern Alternative, and the Farmer to Farmer podcast, among others.
And when we’re not farming, you might find us indulging in melon smoothies, a good Margaret Atwood novel, and the occasional episode of Parks and Recreation.