I was working in my community garden plot this afternoon when an experienced gardener walked by carrying an unfamiliar tool. It looked like a two handled rake with long straight prongs attached to a flat metal platform. Syd called it a broadfork and related that he had purchased it from a craftsman in Santa Fe for $100 plus shipping. He was bringing one down to the garden to store in the shed with plansto order another one for our community garden. He took a few minutes to demonstrate how to use the broadfork by stepping on the metal platform to push the prongs 6-8 inches into the soil and pulled back on the handles to gently turn the soil. Syd used this method of tilling his soil instead of the rototilling because it doesn’t disrupt the soil and the organisms living it as much. He is planning to demonstrate how to use the broad fork to Rosedale Gardeners at 9 am next Saturday, May 5.