We are VERY happy with the garden. Thank you - we are delighted with the outcome!
— Karl S. of the Deerfield Inn

Project Details

Goal: Grow culinary herbs and edible flowers for kitchen use, while also enhancing the charm of the Deerfield Inn.

  • Five raised beds 18” high offer 160 sq feet of growing space. The placement of the raised beds takes advantage of the available sunlight, offers a pleasing view, and does not block existing drainage.
  • A compost/loam mix and organic amendments create optimal fertility. Because the soil in boxed beds dries out more quickly, a straw mulch keeps the soil moist and covered.
  • A selection of herbs and edible flowers grows in each bed, making the most season-long use of limited growing space. 



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This is beautiful work.
— J.P. 2016

Project Details

Goal: Transform a sandy, eroding hillside into walking paths with a low-growing, deer-resistant meadow flowers and grasses.

  • 100% bio-degradable straw erosion control blankets cover the steepest aspects of hillside, holding the soil in place.
  • Straw bales, firmly anchored in place, hold the upper edges of the switch-back walking paths. 
  • Plugs of little bluestem and prairie clover seed grow this summer to quickly cover the hillside, watered with a timed watering system.   
  • A low-grow prairie flower and native grass seed mix will be frost-sown over the winter, to come up strong the following spring. Everything in the mix is drought-tolerant, to handle the south-facing sandy hillside conditions.



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The Broadfork team did an excellent job. I highly recommend Broadfork Permaculture for their professional attitude and expert design and installation.
— Tom Sullivan 2014

Project Details

Goal: Transform a lawn growing on 'urban fill' - compacted, anaerobic soil - into an example orchard, with fruit trees, pollinator habitat, and privacy from a busy street while still allowing public interest.

  • Semi-dwarf fruit trees grow strong and healthy in remediated soils. Trees planted with hight stacking, mature size, and ease of harvest in mind.
  • Fruit tree varieties selected with disease-resistance, flavor, and pollination needs in mind, ensuring that each tree was self-pollinating or had a pollination partner that would flower at the same time.
  • Pollinator Habitat:  Host and nectar plants chosen by Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome and planted according to microclimate and color.    



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Good-natured, knowledgable, and handy work! So nice to work beside you.
— B.F. 2016

Project Details

Goal: Build inviting annual beds along the contours of the slight slope.

  • Curved annual beds invite the homeowner into the garden while also catching and storing rainwater.
  • Healthy soil built with compost, loam, and organic amendments. Beds are covered with chopped straw to minimize erosion.
  •  A planting diagram plans for height stacking, companion planting, and succession plantings of annual vegetables.



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You did an incredible job, and what you accomplished here was so inspiring!
— J.S. 2015

Project Details

Goal: Transform a very shady backyard, overrun with invasive plants, into a meditative space with walking paths and native vegetation.

  • Natural mulch pathways meditatively curve through the property, converging at a stone firpit built from stones on the property.
  • Plugs of native ferns, groundcovers, and flowers create low-growing shade gardens, chosen to thrive in their microclimates: steep slopes of bedrock, depressions where water collects, and deep shade beneath the tall woodland canopy to the south.  
  • Natural mulch mimics the forest floor, helping the native shade gardens grow. 
  • Wild edibles, such as elderberry, ramps, and fiddleheads, grow and thrive in their preferred microclimates.



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Project Details

Goal: Build fruiting mushroom logs. 

  • Location
  • Creation                         
  • Fruiting