Flowers


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Growing flowers has become a very special part of our farm. Local flowers offer benefits to both our customers and the land we farm on. We think about flowers an inordinate amount of time, we fill our house with flower arrangements for practice as well as vase life trials, and to show each other (“look at what I made for you….”). Growing flowers has become a special way for us to give our customers something very unique: Seasonal blooms. Every week’s harvest throughout the growing season is slightly different than the week before. Some new types of flowers start blooming and […]

The Wonderful Things About Local Flowers You Need ...


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When we first started growing flowers 8 years ago, we didn’t realize that there would be some differences from the vegetables we’d been growing for years. In our first year growing flowers, I bought a handful of seed packets, including one called Cut Flower Mix. This was a mixture of flower seeds that were good for cutting. That’s all I knew. I planted them out directly into one of our field beds. Basically the same as I would have done for mixed lettuces – except given the broad diversity of seed size and shape of these various cut flowers, I […]

Growing flowers: What we Learned Over the Years


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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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Planting Fall Bulbs Ok, I’ll admit it. When the time comes to plant our fall bulbs, my body is not in the mood for it. After a season of planting, and while we’re still harvesting heavy root crops, we’ve also got thousands of fall bulbs to get in the ground. But once they’re all in, I feel ready for winter. Whether you’re just planning on putting a handful in or you’re going big, planting fall bulbs is a great way to start off your next growing season. On our farm come fall, we’ll be setting in bulbs of garlic, tulips, […]

How to Plant Fall Bulbs: Growing Tips from ...


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Mother’s Day is coming up – a day to honour and show some respect to all the creative forces that have given birth to new life! Our own mothers (Shannon’s mom Janet and Bryan’s mom Judy) have always been there for us to offer their support and encouragement.   They’ve been our strongest supporters as we’ve created Broadfork Farm. And have done a lot of hard work while visiting us! And, clearly, they both raised us to honour and respect Mother Earth and all her children – the plants, birds, earthworms, fungi, animals, and humans. That’s why we work hard […]

Celebrate with Mother’s Day Tulips, Fresh from the ...


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On Sunday, September 13th, close to 30 flower-growing enthusiasts were stuffed into our old farmhouse (read: small rooms, or the opposite of open-concept) for a workshop called The Business of Cut Flower Farming. Our hope had been that the weather would cooperate and it would be an outdoor event, however knowing there was the possibility that it would need to be indoors, we capped registration at the max we thought we could even hope to have in the house at one time. And the workshop swiftly sold out. The weather did end up being rainy and mosquito-y in the morning […]

Flower Farming Workshop