self-loading compost spreader


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


Raspberry foliage 1
I’m going to start off with the weather. Yeah, yeah, people love talking about the weather. But this isn’t just small talk for us. It’s the greater context of our life on the farm. And it has an impact on everything. 2018 began with a less-than-ideal winter. There was some snow some of the time, but we had many freeze and thaws. Our new pond did fill up nicely though it doesn’t rely solely on water run-off; it’s also spring-fed. Spring had warm days but also cold nights. We had frosty nights until the summer solstice (June 24th), about 3 […]

Year-in-Review: 2018 at Broadfork Farm


Green Manure
Thanks to our great friend Katie for taking all these photos of our field day! This past Sunday (October 14th), we held a Field Day at our farm. While it was a bit late in the season to show the peak of abundance, the timing was strategic. It would be less likely that mosquitoes or black flies would overwhelm folks. It’s crazy beautiful here when the leaves are changing colour in the fall. We wanted to host a demo of our Self-Loading compost spreader and we needed it to be a time when it was mostly completed and definitely useable […]

Behind the Scenes: a Recap of our Field ...



field day poster
We’re hosting a Field Day at Broadfork Farm, welcome to all!   Approximate schedule: (possibly subject to modifications) 1-2 pm: Farm tour. We’ll show you around and talk about what we see. 2-3 pm: Garlic Planting Party! Many hands make light work. Garlic is a fun crop to plant and a nice way to get your hands into the soil before winter arrives. Plus: we’re super excited that we’ll all be serenaded while planting garlic by our neighbour Bridget Michels, who will be playing and singing ‘music to plant garlic by’. For a time, Bridget was lucky enough to make […]

We’re hosting a Field Day & Everyone’s Welcome!