Naturally Grown Vegetables Delivered To Hallsley Residents

Organically Grown VegetablesHallsley Residents will now be able to have Certified Naturally Grown (same standards as Certified Organic) local vegetables from Broadfork Farm delivered to their community.

Owned and operated by Janet Aardema and Dan Gagnon, Broadfork is a small family farm providing the metro-Richmond area with Certified CNG color logoNaturally Grown vegetables and herbs. They 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 the farm is our family’s only source of income.

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. They 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). They are also proud members of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Slow Food RVA.

They worked on farms in the Northwest and Northeast regions of the country before moving to Chesterfield.