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The broadfork is a gardening tool that is widely used in Europe and is growing in popularity in the USA. Broadforks are excellent for breaking open compacted soils deeper than with a rototiller or a spade. This tool will deeply aerate your soil, increase water percolation, and preserve soil structure. In comparison, a rototiller pulverizes soil into a fine dust that compacts and hardens after the first rains. The 12” tines are 2” longer than the main competitor’s broadforks. It is best to broadcast compost and soil amendments prior to broadforking, as the amendments will trickle down into the cracks. This is especially useful for rock phosphate, since phosphorus is leached very slowly.

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1.    The tempered steel tines are welded to the treadbar. These strengthened tines are much more resistant to bending than most broadfork tines.


2.    The angled tines reduce resistance.


3.    The handles are ash post hole digger handles, 1" in diameter. We turn them on a lathe for a snug fit into the broadfork socket. Replacement handles are available from our online store.


4.    Stout wooden handles, stiffer tines, and a wider treadbar make for a tool that is durable, reliable, and easier on your body. 

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The Broadfork comes in 3 models:

A.   4-tine narrow (15” tine width)

B.   4-tine standard (16.5” tine width)

C.   5-tine (18” tine width) (Most Popular)


Watch the Videos to See our Broadforks in action!

Valley Oak Broadfork - Why & How To Use One

Valley Oak Broadfork Quality Construction

Customer Testimonials:

My hard-pan creating, petroleum driven, worm pulverizing mechanized monster has been effectively replaced by this simple tool that maximizes human effort and works with nature… The ease with which one can significantly improve soil composition to a depth of 12" is remarkable.  

Lucas Smith
Boone, NC


The engineering is superb as is the quality of the materials an workmanship... I just bought a "human powered" rototiller... I wouldn't trade it for anythning I've used in the past to work up a seed bed.


Ted Mattson

Palmer, Alaska


It’s just dandy – I just used it to turn the beds for my potatoes and it worked great.


Jimmy Logsdon

Chico, CA

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