Flowers


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I’m going to start off with the weather. Yeah, yeah, people love talking about the weather. But this isn’t just small talk for us. It’s the greater context of our life on the farm. And it has an impact on everything. 2018 began with a less-than-ideal winter. There was some snow some of the time, but we had many freeze and thaws. Our new pond did fill up nicely though it doesn’t rely solely on water run-off; it’s also spring-fed. Spring had warm days but also cold nights. We had frosty nights until the summer solstice (June 24th), about 3 […]

Year-in-Review: 2018 at Broadfork Farm


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Planting Fall Bulbs Ok, I’ll admit it. When the time comes to plant our fall bulbs, my body is not in the mood for it. After a season of planting, and while we’re still harvesting heavy root crops, we’ve also got thousands of fall bulbs to get in the ground. But once they’re all in, I feel ready for winter. Whether you’re just planning on putting a handful in or you’re going big, planting fall bulbs is a great way to start off your next growing season. On our farm come fall, we’ll be setting in bulbs of garlic, tulips, […]

How to Plant Fall Bulbs: Growing Tips from ...


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Mother’s Day is coming up – a day to honour and show some respect to all the creative forces that have given birth to new life! Our own mothers (Shannon’s mom Janet and Bryan’s mom Judy) have always been there for us to offer their support and encouragement.   They’ve been our strongest supporters as we’ve created Broadfork Farm. And have done a lot of hard work while visiting us! And, clearly, they both raised us to honour and respect Mother Earth and all her children – the plants, birds, earthworms, fungi, animals, and humans. That’s why we work hard […]

Celebrate with Mother’s Day Tulips, Fresh from the ...



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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


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Buying local, ecologically-grown food is a no-brainer. There are so many benefits, both for families as well as for our local community, economy, and ecology. Voting with our dollars and choosing food grown by a farmer we know and whose values and practices we respect is one of the biggest social, ecological, and economic changes we can make to boost our (largely-rural) Atlantic provinces. I know firsthand, I’m a first-generation farmer who could never have dreamed of settling and making my livelihood here in Atlantic Canada without the support of eaters. Eaters who choose to eat the fresh, local organic […]

Why Local Cut Flowers?


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If you’re a Dieppe Market goer, you may have noticed the bouquets I (Shannon) have been making and selling at the market at this time of year. Right now, local and organically-grown flowers are a very hot trend in the flower and wedding and event industries. For more about that, read this. Why have we added cut flowers to our farm? It was never really part of the plan for our (primarily) vegetable farm. In our very first year starting Broadfork Farm on leased land, after a long vegetable harvest day, I would wander the property looking for pretty things […]

Broadfork In Bloom