compost


small-scale compost spreader 1
Compost is very valuable to us. On our farm, we use compost to provide nutrients and to increase organic matter in the soil (for water retention, reduce soil erosion, and prevent nutrients from leaching off the farm). Over the past few years, we have been trialing different methods to reduce tillage without herbicides (aka organic no-till).  One of these methods has been using compost as mulch (to suppress weeds and prevent soil erosion). Which led us to our newest favourite tool on the farm… Our Self-loading Compost Spreader! We’ve been getting lots of questions from other farmers about it….and promising […]

Broadfork Farm’s Self-Loading Compost Spreader


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


garlic 2
Last fall, when we were going through our farm purchase, we needed somewhere to plant our garlic. Cindy and David from Pleasant Hill Farm (in Pleasant River, Queen’s County, NS) were generous enough to let us plant a bed at their farm. They prepped the bed with their spader, applied compost and gave us hay to mulch with after we had planted the garlic bulbs. They also scaped the garlic (took off the scapes aka flower stalks) when it was time. Super generous! They were fellow vendors with us last year when we attended the Lunenburg and Hubbards farmers’ markets […]

Our Garlic Harvest at Pleasant Hill Farm