Farm Workshop


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 ...


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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On Sunday, September 13th, close to 30 flower-growing enthusiasts were stuffed into our old farmhouse (read: small rooms, or the opposite of open-concept) for a workshop called The Business of Cut Flower Farming. Our hope had been that the weather would cooperate and it would be an outdoor event, however knowing there was the possibility that it would need to be indoors, we capped registration at the max we thought we could even hope to have in the house at one time. And the workshop swiftly sold out. The weather did end up being rainy and mosquito-y in the morning […]

Flower Farming Workshop



Technically, the Food Secure Canada (FSC) conference isn’t a farming conference. This was a “big picture” conference with more academics and project managers in attendance than farmers. There were no production, marketing, or business sessions as there are in most farming conferences. But there were sessions on policy, the state of agriculture nationally and globally, and food systems issues and success stories. In the farm business planning course we took before starting Broadfork Farm, Bryan and I learned that Policy Risks are just as important to be aware of and prepare for as Production Risks. And so, we made a commitment to […]

Farming Conferences: Part 3


The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (or ACORN) holds a conference yearly, moving through locations in NS, NB, and PEI. I think it has become the best farming conference in Canada! This year’s conference was the biggest it’s ever been with attendees coming not only from within Atlantic Canada, but all across Canada and the Northeast U.S. Here are some highlights from this year’s conference (held in Halifax….next year’s will be in PEI). Bryan and I typically attend different sessions and so our highlights are different. Shannon’s Highlights Visiting Off Beat Farm in Cow Bay. This technically happened outside of the […]

Farming Conferences: Part 2


During the 2nd weekend of November, I (Shannon) was in Ste. Anne de Bellevue (near Montreal), QC for the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers (ECOSGN) conference. Home for less than a day, we both (Shannon and Bryan) headed to Halifax for the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) conference and then I stayed on for the Food Secure Canada (FSC) conference (Bryan headed home before this one to keep the cats happy and the house warm….and it just started to snow on his drive home!). Attending conferences and workshops are one of the ways we work on our professional development […]

Farming Conferences Part 1