Cut Flower field tour
Buying local, ecologically-grown food is a no-brainer. There are so many benefits, both for families as well as for our local community, economy, and ecology. Voting with our dollars and choosing food grown by a farmer we know and whose values and practices we respect is one of the biggest social, ecological, and economic changes we can make to boost our (largely-rural) Atlantic provinces. I know firsthand, I’m a first-generation farmer who could never have dreamed of settling and making my livelihood here in Atlantic Canada without the support of eaters. Eaters who choose to eat the fresh, local organic […]

Why Local Cut Flowers?

If you’re a Dieppe Market goer, you may have noticed the bouquets I (Shannon) have been making and selling at the market at this time of year. Right now, local and organically-grown flowers are a very hot trend in the flower and wedding and event industries. For more about that, read this. Why have we added cut flowers to our farm? It was never really part of the plan for our (primarily) vegetable farm. In our very first year starting Broadfork Farm on leased land, after a long vegetable harvest day, I would wander the property looking for pretty things […]

Broadfork In Bloom

The month of April holds so much potential.  It feels like it’s overflowing (but in an amazing waterfall kind of way, not like a pot on the stove bubbling over to create that burning smell kind of way). We’ve been starting a lot of vegetable seeds (as usual this time of year) but what’s different and new? These are the things that are “kind of a big deal” for us this month.   1)      Flowers. We are ever-so-slowly expanding our cut-flower plantings each year. Many flowers have a much longer germination period than vegetables and so it’s always a surprise and […]

April showers bring May flowers

Find a vase (or Mason jar or any suitable vessel) for your flower bouquet. Make sure the vase is clean and fill it with cold water. Remove your bouquet’s packaging but leave the rubber band holding the bouquet together for now. Cut a few centimetres off the stems at an angle, depending on the heights of your bouquet and vase. Place the flowers in the vase and cut or remove the rubber band to allow the flowers to fall freely. Put your vase in a cool spot away from direct heat or sunlight. Flowers like to drink, so keep an […]

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