ACORN conference


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  Our life on the farm is so strongly associated with seasons. Spring, summer, fall, and winter play a strong role. But there’s also a seasonality to the business aspects of running our farm. We stop going to market at the end of October or early November. We have a few weeks to get the farm ready for the snow on its way (this year that was a VERY short window!). And then we begin our ritual of farm conference-ing. One of the “guiding principles” we’ve identified for our life (and so by extension, our farm….since our farm is principles […]

It’s Farm Conference Season. What did we Learn?


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 […]

What does Organic Mean? From the perspective of ...



Ecological Farmer
We were featured this year in Acres USA Magazine. In their section called Meet an Eco-Farmer. Here’s the interview: Farm Name: Broadfork Farm Farmers: Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck Location: River Hebert, Nova Scotia, Canada Size: 15 acre farm, 5 acres in rotation between cash crops (vegetables, herbs, cut flowers) and cover crops. Only 1.5 acres in cash crops in any given year. Established: We started our farm in 2011 on leased land, by the end of that year we had purchased our own farm. Number of years farming: 21 years combined between the 2 of us. We started out […]

Meet an Eco-Farmer


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Organics isn’t just a farming sector or a marketing option…Organic is a movement! And, like any other movement, it needs to change over time as it grows and people demand more from their movement. Organic farmers, leaders, processors, and eaters around the world recognize this and have been trying to work together to envision what they want the future of the organic movement to look like. I saw a presentation on this topic (called Organic 3.0) at last year’s ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) conference, given by Dr. Andy Hammermeister and I was really inspired! So, I googled Organic […]

The Future of Organic Farming


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We’re always excited about trying new things on our farm. Sometimes our attempts are successful and sometimes they really aren’t. But we still like to try. New things sometimes come up because it’s something we personally want. Like lots of lemon balm tea to help support our bodies during stressful times while being super delicious. We want that for ourselves and we think our customers would also like fresh, local, organic lemon balm that they can use for tea. So, we decided to go for it this year and plant a good-sized patch of lemon balm. Or melons. We LOVE […]

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