Updates


Young farmers harvesting
The harvests have been busy. We had a cold, late spring so many of our summer (frost-sensitive) crops were planted late into the ground. Because of this, they hit their peak of abundance later than usual. For example, our melons are perfect right now. And the tomatoes! This tomato is from seeds I brought back from Italy, when I went a few years ago as a Canadian Slow Food delegate. I stayed with the most lovely host who took me out to fresh markets around town (in Torino). She asked if we grew tomatoes. I said we do, we grow […]

What’s Happening on the Farm – late September


Sunflowers toppled over from wind. 2
Last Saturday, Hurricane Dorian brought his energy to Atlantic Canada. We were nervous in preparation for it. All week leading up to it we tried our best to secure as much as we could, though you never know what might happen. Saturday was a market day and some people expressed surprise that we were there. But we had a lot of veggies and flowers that couldn’t go unharvested or unsold. This is how we make our whole livelihood – each week is important to us. We tried to set up our stand to make it as easy and quick to […]

We survived Hurricane Dorian!


farmers planting 1
We’ve been really happy with the vegetables we’ve been harvesting. The small root crops like the salad turnips and radishes have been incredible. Our greens have been really incredible too! Most of the areas of the farm we’ve planted this year have been planted without tilling first, including putting down organic compost as a mulch, rather than mixing it into the soil. This has gone really well and we’re happy with the results. The veggies have tasted really good which is so important to us, along with the nutrition inherent in them – those are our main motivators in what […]

What’s Happening on the Farm – mid June.



Raspberry foliage 1
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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  Well, this coming Saturday will be our last week selling at the Dieppe Market this year. We’ll be inside at the market, near the entrance where the blueberries were. Then we’ll spend the winter planning, seed-ordering and bookkeeping. And we’ll be back in the spring – usually sometime in April, but the exact week always depends on the weather. Stock Up for the Winter A lot of our customers are interested in buying extras to store over the winter (or at least for a few weeks). Though many aren’t sure how to keep things so they’ll store as long […]

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Asian Greens
  We’re so excited to be returning to the Dieppe Market this weekend – April 28th! It’s been a great winter for us – filled with learning at farming conferences, feeding the wood-stove to keep warm, and visioning all the exciting things we hope to do on this small farm! Crop planning and seed-ordering went fairly smoothly for us this year. We’ve done so much trialing over the years of different varieties of each crop, we’ve noticed which ones seem to do best with our unique conditions and preferences. One crop we’re trialing this year is bell peppers. For the […]

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