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Events or eventful happening at Broadfork Farm


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We’ve been really happy with the vegetables we’ve been harvesting. The small root crops like the salad turnips and radishes have been incredible. Our greens have been really incredible too! Most of the areas of the farm we’ve planted this year have been planted without tilling first, including putting down organic compost as a mulch, rather than mixing it into the soil. This has gone really well and we’re happy with the results. The veggies have tasted really good which is so important to us, along with the nutrition inherent in them – those are our main motivators in what […]

What’s Happening on the Farm – mid June.


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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


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    This past weekend we got frost. Sigh. This is pretty early, though there was one other year since we started Broadfork Farm that we had frost around the same time. When there are warnings of ‘chance of frost,” we tend to get them. And when we’re checking the 7 day forecast at this time of year and see that a night might get down below 8C with clear skies, we get mentally prepared for the worst. We live in a part of the region that’s fairly susceptible to getting colder than areas around us. Coupled with the late […]

Early Frost! This is How we Protect Crops



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Every year on the farm, awesome stuff happens, things we consider successes (and…. some less-than-awesome stuff….aka learning opportunities). There are lots of small things we consider successes, but we used the winter months to think back on the season as a whole. We each told each other a few special things we didn’t want to forget about 2017. Here’s what we said: The Swamp Milkweed flowered! It’s a biennial so it starts flowering during its 2nd year after planting. And Monarch butterflies found it! Basically, we were obsessed with watching the Monarch caterpillars chomp down on the milkweed plants and […]

Awesome Things that Happened on the Farm Last ...


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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 […]

High Yields for Humans and and Biodiversity on ...


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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!!!