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It’s so rewarding to put on your toque and boots and run out for a bowl of fresh greens while the ground is still covered in snow! For farmers relying on selling winter greens for income, there’s more to consider than what I’ll describe. Whole books and conferences are devoted to this subject. But for the backyard gardener, growing some winter greens isn’t as crazy as you might think. Best case scenario: You have homegrown greens in the winter, fresher than anything from the grocery store. Worst case scenario: You’re in the same boat as you were before. For winter […]

Growing Cold-Hardy Winter Greens


Market Food Club
  Hey friends! We’re getting so close to coming back to market! It’s March now … sometime in April is when we plan to start back at the Dieppe Market for the year. That means…..it’s time to sign up for our 2018 Market Food Club! Our Market Food Club is a great way to: support us as your local farmers have the flexibility to choose which vegetables, flowers, herbs, seedlings, and seeds you want and will actually use and to pre-pay (which means you don’t need to bring cash to market) We are grateful for the relationship-building effect of our […]

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female farmer
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