Farm Education


flower farm New Brunswick 2
Well, things on the farm have been busy and I’ve had plenty of thoughts I’ve wanted to share with you…..then another day passes…. Anyhow, here are 5 things that we’ve been talking about/excited about lately here on the farm: Melons! I’m pretty sure that there is no better season for us than melon season. At least when the melons have done really well like they have this year. At this time of year, we eat them every day. We’ve got a number of different types: Cantaloupe: We grow a few different cantaloupes, of various sizes including First Kiss which is […]

5 From the Farm: September 20, 2017


Asclepias
  For the past 2 seasons, a natural-minded beekeeper named Bobby has been keeping honeybees at our farm. He wanted to try to find the most “natural” places in our county as possible and called us to inquire whether we’d be open to hosting these wonderful pollinating beings. We’ve been very happy that we agreed. While pollination has never been an issue for us as we have plenty of wild spaces and pollen and nectar-rich plants that bloom season-long so native pollinators are abundant, we love seeing which plants the honeybees seem particularly fond of on any given day. Plus, […]

5 from the farm: July 31, 2017


ladybugs mating
*Shannon wrote this article for Rural Delivery magazine, one of our favourite magazines. Check it out if you’re not already a subscriber! Every so often, a customer at the farmers’ market asks me about pesticides. They know I’m an organic farmer and they’re specifically asking because they’ve heard there are pesticides allowed on organic farms.   First of all, what is a pesticide? It’s anything that is used to kill a pest. A pest can be a type of bacteria or fungus, an insect, a rodent, a mammal like a deer or coyote. A pest can be a plant like […]

Does Organic mean No Pesticides?



Ecological Farmer
We were featured this year in Acres USA Magazine. In their section called Meet an Eco-Farmer. Here’s the interview: Farm Name: Broadfork Farm Farmers: Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck Location: River Hebert, Nova Scotia, Canada Size: 15 acre farm, 5 acres in rotation between cash crops (vegetables, herbs, cut flowers) and cover crops. Only 1.5 acres in cash crops in any given year. Established: We started our farm in 2011 on leased land, by the end of that year we had purchased our own farm. Number of years farming: 21 years combined between the 2 of us. We started out […]

Meet an Eco-Farmer


slow food
All photos in this blog post taken by Sonia Marwick. Have you ever even heard of Slow Food? Slow Food is a movement that Bryan and I really get behind. It’s a movement towards food (and a food system) that is Good, Clean, and Fair. These 3 simple words (good, clean, and fair) will mean different things to different people. To me, good food is nourishing, beautiful, flavourful, and thoroughly enjoyed. To me, clean food is grown and distributed and prepared in ways that respect and honour the people who will eat the food as well as honouring  the beings […]

Do You Prefer Fast Food or Slow Food?


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Organics isn’t just a farming sector or a marketing option…Organic is a movement! And, like any other movement, it needs to change over time as it grows and people demand more from their movement. Organic farmers, leaders, processors, and eaters around the world recognize this and have been trying to work together to envision what they want the future of the organic movement to look like. I saw a presentation on this topic (called Organic 3.0) at last year’s ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) conference, given by Dr. Andy Hammermeister and I was really inspired! So, I googled Organic […]

The Future of Organic Farming