[Market-farming] Broadforks

Etienne Goyer etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca
Fri Dec 28 11:01:42 EST 2012


I own this one from Lee Valley:

    http://www.leevalley.com/US/Garden/page.aspx?p=10521


It is very sturdy.  The tines are straight, solid, and about as big as a
finger.  I generally like it, except that it is terribly heavy.  The
description says 19 lbs, but it sure feels like 50 in the field!  :)



On 12-12-28 10:38 AM, Pam Twin Oaks wrote:
> I want to buy a broadfork, primarily for loosening beds in the
> hoophouse, where we don't till. I want a strong one that will do the
> job, preferably cover a 48" bed top in two passes, and be manageable for
> normal farmers (rather than 6'+ bodybuilders). What does anyone
> recommend? Ash handles or steel? Curved round-section tines or
> wedge-shaped plate tines?
> 
> I've looked at Johnny's, Gulland Forge, Cool Tools, Valley Oak,
> Grelinette from Red Pig Tools, Meadow Creature and Lehman's. Is there a
> good one I'm missing?
> 
> Currently I'm favoring ash handles, 4" tine gap, not more; 24" width or
> so. This leads me towards either the Gulland Forge or Johnny's 727 (7
> tines in 27"). Both have curved round tines, as it happens (I wasn't
> sure which way to lean on the tine shape question.) The Grelinette
> sounds nice but costs 50% more.
> 
> I welcome recommendations, especially if you've tried more than one
> brand. Also any problems you've encountered, or aspects I haven't mentioned.
> 
> Thanks!
> Pam, Twin Oaks Community, central Virginia
> 
> -- 
> Pam Dawling
>  
> Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on
> a Few Acres
> http://www.sustainablemarketfarming.com/
> http://www.facebook.com/SustainableMarketFarming
> http://www.newsociety.com/Books/S/Sustainable-Market-Farming
> 
> 
> 
> 
> _______________________________________________
> Market-farming mailing list
> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming
> 
> Market Farming List Archives may be found here:
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/market-farming/
> Unsubscribe from the list here (you will need to login in with your email 
> address and password):
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/options/market-farming
> 

-- 
Etienne Goyer  -  Le Jardin du Village
http://lejardinduvillage.wordpress.com

"Changer le monde, une betterave à la fois"



More information about the Market-farming mailing list