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Shannon wrote this article for Atlantic Farm Focus. To read other articles they’ve published or to find out how to subscribe, go to their website.   I remember when Bryan and I started our farm and were applying for a loan. We noticed that the lending officer started off speaking and facing Bryan. Only when I kept replying, did the lending officer shift his position to face both of us. The same thing happened when we went to buy a tractor. This happened despite the fact that globally, women make up the majority of food producers. Many surveys from Canada […]

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When you’re a farmer, you hear a lot about Yield. High-yielding varieties, “buy this product to increase your yield,” Yields of organic vs conventional, “we need to feed the world.” I’ll start this off by saying that I run a diversified small-scale organic farm that provides Bryan and I with 100% of our household income. Yields matter in our ability to do that. However not all of our crops yield well every year. We ensure our ability to pay all our bills, make our mortgage payments, keep our cash flow-ing during the winter months when we’re not selling anything, and […]

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  Hope you enjoy this lovely time of year! It’s a darker, cozy time of year. More hygge – at least at our place (we just learned about hygge this year). We hope that your holiday season, period around winter solstice, and cozy time is so lovely! You can imagine us sitting by the fire with spreadsheets and seed catalogues, sleeping cats, and mugs of hot chocolate – and that’s likely how we’ll be. All our love and good wishes! Your Broadfork Farmers Bryan and Shannon (and in this photo, a very squirmy and unimpressed with holding still for a […]

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!!!



Principles of Organic
At the recent ACORN conference, Shannon spoke on a plenary panel called ‘Striking a Balance – Philosophy, Principles and Outcomes of Organic vs. Market Development and Profitability’. Other panelists were Allison Grant, Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, and Dr. Av Singh. This is what Shannon said:   “I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot over the course of the season and especially since this plenary topic was devised and I was asked to speak to it. I’ve delved more deeply into what these 4 Organic Principles mean to me – for my life, my farm, the life of other humans in […]

Principles of Organic vs. the Market


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This article was written for Rural Delivery’s November 2017 issue, with a focus on Organic Farming. I’m always surprised how many people don’t understand what organic means. I’ve heard people say they think it’s just a marketing term, a way to get more money. It’s possible, or rather likely, that many of the larger retailers and some farmers, got into growing and selling organic products for that reason…..to make a better profit. That happens because customers are asking for it. I mean, that’s how capitalism is supposed to work, right? You produce what the market demands. I don’t think that’s […]

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  Well, this coming Saturday will be the last one for us at the Dieppe Market this year…we’ll be back in April. And we wanted to say Thank you! This has been a really great year for us, and as always, it has so much to do with our amazing and loyal customers at the Dieppe Market. We feel super lucky to be able to see you at the market – our whole schedule from April to November is built around Saturdays at the Dieppe Market. We learn so much from our customers – your priorities, what you value, your […]

Thank you for another great market season!