We (John Bliss and Stacy Brenner) share the work of running the farm and raising two daughters, Emma (20) and Flora (10). We both grew up in the suburbs of large cities, with no direct relationship to agriculture and started farming together in 2002.
We are middle aged, at times cynical, hardworking and always delighted to have a good laugh with friends and co-workers. Good food is a high priority for us, as is travel and plenty of time to binge on TV in the winter during a snow-storm. Access to good food, a strong need for connection to sustenance, and the potential to connect the natural world with social justice is what urged us to put our hands to the earth.
While the desire to raise food was easy to intellectualize, the flower farming is a hobby gone wild. We both have a love for making and growing, thus flower farming and flower design work is like an extension of the challenges of food production melded with the art of design. Every bucket of blooms still makes us giddy. The first bunch of tulips, the perfect peony and the dahlia with just the right shade of bring such joy. And, much like the first meal we had as a family with all farm produced food, the first big wedding we did with all farm grown and foraged goods made our hearts sing. We are truly honored to put food on people's tables and flowers in their arms.
We wholeheartedly embrace an open farm policy. Being here at Broadturn Farm is a gift, a real blessing, and we are open to sharing that with our community. There are trails to explore and fields to examine and there is always something going on with the livestock, from cud chewing to a mama hen trailed by her 6 chicks. And, if all that proves unexciting, the barn cats are sure to bring smile. If you come by, and you see us puttering around, please say hello and let us know if you have any questions. We’re almost always busy in the season but never to busy to share a moment with a visitor. There are no regularly scheduled tours but don’t let that keep you from stopping by.