I finally got a chance to use my brand new broad fork this
past week and it was such a pleasant experience that I’m back to order a wheel hoe! As a 59 year old woman of
small stature and crummy knees, I had just about decided my days with the turning fork were numbered. My soil is gravelly
creekbed and turning it over each year was back-breaking. This year, with my brand new four-tine broad fork, I had no
trouble digging my beds AND planting all my spring vegetables in one day! Although your fork is relatively heavy to
“tote around”, the weight was perfect when it was just dropped into my beds, sinking in firmly with no effort
on my part at all. Any small rocks or obstructions were a cinch to overcome by just standing on the fork and rocking
back and forth. And frankly, because of these darn rocks, I was drawn to Valley Oak’s design that included the
reinforcing flanges that prevent the tines from bending. Bravo! I LOVE it! I can’t wait to get my
wheel hoe with weeder-blade, cultivating tines and furrower attachments.
Thanks so much for your advice and suggestions on the telephone.
I can’t remember when I could call a business (twice!) and have the owner answer the phone. Your service is so
prompt, I know I’ll have my new items LONG before my summer vegetables need to go into the ground.
Valley Oak broad-fork is one of the handiest tools that the organic gardener could have in their shed! It is an efficient
tool and an appropriate technology. 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. Serious gardeners will
be pleased with the superb craftsmanship and thought that is so obvious in this tool. I was very impressed with the
metal portion: strong thick gussets, sharp robust tines, and a wide hefty stepping platform. No planned obsolescence
here! Most of all, thank you for your prompt response to my request for a better fitting handle. There are few
business who have the humility to listen to their customers and strive to improve upon their products. Also, the extra
shims you sent created a snug fit. The ease with which one can significantly improve soil composition to a depth of
12" is remarkable. This is a product that I am happily recommending to all my gardening friends.
I've been looking at broadforks for
quite some time and am quite sure I just purchased the Cadillac of the lot. The
engineering is superb as is the quality of the materials and workmanship. I've
sent photos or called many of my friends telling them that I just bought a "human powered" rototiller. And then I add, "It just doesn't do the 'roto' part." I also
tell them that if they had one, they won't ever again have the need to go to the gym for a workout! Yes, I probably over did it that first day! But, I wouldn't
trade it for anything I've used in the past to work up a seed bed. Even my wife
had to try it out. And, her 91 year old mom can't believe how good the garden