Broadfork Farm is an organic market farm growing fruit and veggies for our community. Our farm sits on ten beautiful acres of land including woodlands, native prairie and flowering cover crops. Our vegetable area is 1/10 of our total acreage. we value human-scale farming. farming by hand with hardwork and hand tools. We believe there is value in having "our feet on the ground and our hands in the dirt". The direct connection between farmer, land and plants is what we strive to perfect.
Kelli Tennyson and Tim Sutton, along with their six children, run Broadfork Farm. Kelli's family history has deep agricultural roots with great-grandparents immigrating from Sweden to start their farms in Minnesota. And grandparents who continued those farming traditions with farms of their own. Her grandfather Hjalmar August Hilgren, in particular, is the inspiration behind Broadfork Farm. He farmed organically and sustainably, long before those words were even common place, running a successful diversified farm with vegetables, grains, livestock, milk and eggs.
Our farming is centered around organic and ecological farming practices that rely on natural systems and diverse beneficial insects. We achieve that by never using pesticides or chemicals in our farming. We are a compost and cover crop based system and rely on crop rotation and row covers to minimize pest damage. 2/3 of our acreage is devoted entirely to native pollinators and beneficial habitat. Since 2013 we have received Bee-Friendly Farming certification from Pollinator Partnership each and every year for our concerted efforts to promote pollinator habitat on our farm. We have been featured in ACRES USA and Growing for Market magazines for our commitment to native pollinators.
We follow all organic protocols and, in some important ways, we go beyond organic standards. Organic production allows for use of some "organic" pesticides (derived from natural substances) which have the effect of killing a wide array of beneficial insects/pollinators in an attempt to rid one's farm of damaging pests. We feel that is not a productive strategy for building a healthy ecosystem on our farm and for increasing the number of beneficials each year. To that end, we avoid all pesticides and chemicals. Instead we handpick as many damaging pests as possible from our plants, using row covers and crop rotation to diminish pest pressure. This is another benefit of keeping our scale small, which would not be posssible on a larger scale of farming. It is this attention to detail, the up close and personal relationship of working side by side with the plants eachday that produces food we feel is healthier, more vibrant and nutritious.
THE FARMERS MARKET
We grow and sell our produce exclusively at the Linden Hills Farmers Market each Sunday May-October. We have been fortunate to be vendors at the market since it opened in 2012. The Linden Hills neighborhood in Minneapolis is full of active, health-minded people who value organic, locally grown food and love to cook. We appreciate their patronage and the friendships we have made each and every summer. A huge benefit of selling at a farmers market is getting to see the faces and families who will take home our veggies and make meals for themselves and others throughout the week. What an honor to be their farmers. Thank you to all who frequent our market stand and share your friendly stories of food and life.