ladybugs mating
*Shannon wrote this article for Rural Delivery magazine, one of our favourite magazines. Check it out if you’re not already a subscriber! Every so often, a customer at the farmers’ market asks me about pesticides. They know I’m an organic farmer and they’re specifically asking because they’ve heard there are pesticides allowed on organic farms.   First of all, what is a pesticide? It’s anything that is used to kill a pest. A pest can be a type of bacteria or fungus, an insect, a rodent, a mammal like a deer or coyote. A pest can be a plant like […]

Does Organic mean No Pesticides?

red radish
5 Things we’ve been thinking about on the farm lately: 1. We’re always trying to figure out how to increase the efficiency on our small farm. It’s just the 2 of us farmers, so we need to focus on working smarter, not harder. But we also prefer small-scale, DIY solutions. An old friend, Michael Kilpatrick, started a farm consultation business called In the Field Consultants. A recent project he worked on was building a really effective, food-safe salad greens spinner. Once he got it right, he offered a course called Dry your Greens that we took and built the spinner […]

5 From the Farm: May 17, 2017

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 ...

Frog on the farm
Sometimes, we’ve got some cool things to share with you….but the idea of writing a whole blog post is intimidating (like when we’re transplanting like crazy and our bodies feel sore and we come into the house and grab a bag of Sweet n’ Spicy greens and eat them like chips before passing out). So, every once in a while, we’re going to right a short and sweet little post about 5 things inspiring us on the farm right now. Or maybe 5 from the Farm (#5fromthefarm)? Here we go….    This awesome Leopard Frog found on a low tunnel. He […]

5 Things Inspiring Us on the Farm Right ...

spring flowers
We’re back at the Dieppe Market, starting this coming Saturday (April 22nd)! Our fields are still drying out but we have crops from the unheated tunnels. Beautiful baby kale, brightly coloured Asian greens, arugula, and the earliest tulips we’ve ever grown! We’ll also start bringing some of the seeds we’ve saved for folks to plant out in their home gardens (the veggies that can be planted out at this time of year). And we have delicious winter carrots! We never seem to have enough to fulfill the demand this early in the season, so I’d recommend getting to the market […]

Returning to the Dieppe Market this Weekend!