Author Archives: M. Agriculteur

About M. Agriculteur

Designer, motorcycle junkie, traveler, wanna-be iron butter (more butt than iron), builder, foodie, farmer wanna-be.

Babies and BBs

I’ve been wanting to get paw paws in the ground for a while. L got three and made sure it would work in the Cistern Garden. Custard apples are an edge species native to North America and mostly found in … Continue reading

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Forest management. Seeing the trees and the forest is a skill for sure. Zooming in and out not only on what is in front of you but also what is now and what it will become in 20 and 30 … Continue reading

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We share the farm with a hefty community. Mice share our little trailer in the cooler months. Bunnies have shared our “invasive” black locust seedlings to the ground. Deer share our apple tree new growth if we don’t discourage it, … Continue reading

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Doing and doing

Just a quick update, lots of projects in the air and as usual L keeps us on track. Gate:  hung and nearly finished. Need to permanently attach the lintel, and hang the glass leaves on the tree. Irrigation: mostly installed … Continue reading

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Long Range Thinking

While planting Korean nut pines I began to think about the long term perspective our project requires. These trees might be productive in ten years. By then we’ll know if we should invest in more trees or mechanical shelling hardware. … Continue reading

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Time to Go to Bed

It has been a while since working on at the farm felt like an act of actual farming. Now that we have a fenced area and easy access to water we wanted to get it into production as quickly as … Continue reading

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We took the weekend to scout locations for kiwi and to complete some fence details for our crew. After the logistics were complete we set to work chipping and preparing our timber chestnut plot for enclosure and mulching to slow … Continue reading

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