Just when I thought we were finished purchasing garden supplies, Jon discovers the broadfork. I was skeptical at first on whether we really needed this tool. There's a lot of conflicting information about how to aerate and loosen the soil using a rototiller so I was unsure if using a broadfork was a good choice. Come to find out, the broadfork is very useful for soil like ours which contains a lot of clay and leaves water collecting in pools on top of the soil creating "rivers" where the terrain is sloped.
Two years ago when we moved here, a neighbor plowed the field that had laid fallow for at least two decades. After the initial deep plowing using a tractor, Jon has been using a rototiller to break up the clay and incorporate manure and compost. The broadfork is the next best thing to tilling and aerating the soil because the tines are 12 inches long and can break up the soil deeper than the rototiller can. We purchased the broadfork from Meadow Creature for $225.00. Their broadforks are made with steel in the USA.