Field Trip

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?

Steph Warr
Who: Me- Shannon of Broadfork Farm and Del from Side by Each Farm in Amherst, NS What: a road trip and farm field trip Where: Twisted Brook Farm, a Certified Naturally Grown farm in Lawrencetown, NS (close to Middleton) When: Monday, April 25th (just over a month ago now…) Why: Steph, the farmer at Twisted Brook Farm is a highly skilled seed grower and has become my official Seed Mentor (and Del’s too) through ACORN (the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Through the Seed Mentorship program, we get to connect with […]

Visit to Twisted Brook Farm

oxalis tuberosa 2
I (Shannon) just returned from the Organic Seed Growers Conference in Oregon. I attended because I want to learn to improve our skill at growing seed crops (vegetable, herb, and flower) we grow on our farm AND to meet (in-person) other seed growers from across Canada who had been part of a peer-to-peer seed exchange group during the 2016 season. (to learn who is in this group: I found it physically exhausting to travel across the continent and 4 time zones. But after some sleep, the incredible weather in Corvallis, Oregon was rejuvenating. I was amazed to see green […]

Farmer Education: Organic Seed Growers Conference

farm workshop
We spent 2 days in a row away from the farm early this week, to learn through on-farm workshops that were each being held about 3 hours from our farm but in opposite directions. On Sunday, we went out to a field day at Strawberry Hill Farm in Pembroke, NB and then, on Monday, to Abundant Acres in Centre Burlington, NS for a workshop called Grow Better, Not Bigger with Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of The Market Gardener. The field day at Strawberry Hill Farm was organized by ACORN and the NB Department of Agriculture. Tim and Kirsten Livingstone, […]

Visits to far-off farms

Alva Farm
On Sunday, Bryan and I headed out a few hours northwest of our farm to go visit a few other farms in southeastern New Brunswick. A few organizations (ACORN, NB Department of Agriculture, and La Recolte de Chez Nous/Really Local Harvest Co-op) had organized a Veggie Field Day at a farm called Green Thumb Farm (or Ferme Pouce Vert). The field day had an impressive turn-out with over 40 farmer participants (which of course yielded an incredible potluck lunch including a meat BBQ generously donated by the Really Local Harvest Co-op). Since we’re rarely out in that part of the region […]

Veggie Field Day in Southeastern New Brunswick

Last week, I (Shannon) spent 4 days either on farms in Quebec or sitting in a van with other farmers on the way to and from Quebec. It was awesome! I went because I love growing as a farmer and one of the best ways to do that is to go and visit other farms (though THE BEST way, I think, is to work while on other farms…but our schedule was too tight for that). One of the other benefits was to spend time with other farmers from our area. There were 18 of us who went on the “mission.” […]

Mission to Quebec: Grower’s Tour