Seeds

Seed-saving


Organic Seeds
It’s that time of year! When many of our customers are starting up their personal gardens. We’ve grown seedlings for sale ever since we started Broadfork Farm. Last year (in 2016), we also started selling seeds for our customers to plant at home. Not all seeds or plants can be set out when there’s still a chance of frost…. crops like tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, beans, zucchini, etc. But there are quite a few that thrive in the cooler weather.   First things first, healthy crops grow in healthy soil. The phrase that organic farmers and gardeners repeat is “feed […]

How to Start Seeds in your Garden


Curly Parsley
In our area (the region where Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island meet), we could still experience frosty nights. While people sometimes think it’s too early to plant their gardens, there are plenty of plants who love spreading their roots in the cool soil at this time of year. This is a great time to plant cold-hardy plants like: Lettuce (our Lettuce Mix seed packets *) Asian or mustard greens (like our Sweet n’ Spicy Mix seed packets * which is a blend of all our favourite Asian and mustard greens…..and we trial TONS of varieties!) Arugula (plant […]

How to Garden Even When the Weather is ...


Vegetable variety resistance
Last summer, Shannon was invited to speak at the Nova Scotia Small Farm Expo about how we choose the varieties we grow. Here’s that presentation in a nutshell.                     Every winter, we order seeds for the coming season. We’re always on the look-out for varieties of crops that will become a new favourite. So, we order from diverse sources. High Mowing Organic Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Osborne Seeds, and Fedco Seeds are the companies where we purchase the majority of our vegetable seeds. Geo Seeds is where we buy the bulk of […]

How do we choose which Seed Varieties to ...



pea seed saving
To improve our food system, it’s not just about growing good food locally. To grow delicious vegetables, we first need to plant seeds. In the same way that vegetables don’t “come from the store,” neither do seeds. Seeds are also grown on farms. Our customers seek us out according to why, how, and what we grow; we also seek out seed that is grown in certain ways and with certain values. We’ve bought some really cool seeds bred by plant breeding elder Carol Deppe who says “When you breed a variety, you breed your own values right into the variety. […]

Farm-Raised Seeds: The 2016 Adventure


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


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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: http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/15-program-overview/what-we-do/training-and-networking/200-the-cross-canada-peer-exchange-project) 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