Become a member of our farm!
First priority for the vegetables we grow is always given to our farm shareholders (CSA members). Community Supported Agriculture allows a rewarding relationship between the growers and consumers of food. Community members financially invest in our farm and we grow food that is Certified Naturally Grown, clean, fair, transparent, nutritious, and delicious. We plan for a diverse mix of vegetables to provide each CSA member with a bountiful weekly share of produce, May – November. Learn more on our CSA page.
Sample weekly shares
Owned and operated by Janet Aardema and Dan Gagnon, Broadfork is a small family farm providing the metro-Richmond area with Certified Naturally Grown vegetables and herbs. We use traditional European methods of biointensive, raised bed production while maximizing soil and plant health for nutrition and sustainability. No synthetic/chemical fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, or fungicide is ever used in any part of the process of growing your food. Everything we sell is grown by us, and we farm full-time, supporting ourselves and our four children through our farm business.
Janet and Dan both hold Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology from Davidson and Lafayette Colleges, respectively. Janet holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We both thrive on putting our biology backgrounds to use in a farm setting and share a passion for farm education.
Growing practices at Broadfork utilize ecological methods: compost, cover crops, organic fertilizer, and minerals are used to feed the soil that feeds our plants. Raised beds are used to allow close-spacing of plants and to prevent soil-compaction, allowing for happier plant roots. We use organic potting soil and fertilizer, as well as amendments like fish emulsion and earthworm castings. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides are ever used on your food and we are Certified Naturally Grown (which follows the same national standards used for Organic Certification). We are also proud members of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Slow Food RVA.
We worked on farms in the Northwest and Northeast regions of the country before moving to Chesterfield, where Janet grew up, in order to be near her extended family. We have four young children who are getting incredibly smart about soil microbiology.
Anyone may purchase our vegetables through:
– Brandermill Green Market, May – October 2016 (Mkt Sq parking lot)
– Richmond’s online farmers’ markets, Fall Line Farms and Local Roots Co-op
– St. Stephen’s Farmers’ Market, April 2016 – Nov 2016 (Grove Avenue, Richmond)
– Self Serve Farm Stand, June – December
See also our Where to Buy our produce page, including directions and details for our on-site farm stand. We look forward to serving you!
“The most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil.” -Abraham Lincoln