Category Archives: Farming

Thinning

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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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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Partners

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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Fencing 

Sometimes it is better to hire out some projects to get forward motion. Trading dollars for time is something I always have trouble with. I could do this!  L is always pointing out, while I am not doing this something else is … Continue reading

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Anniversaries and Check Lists

Same old at the farm.  Combat the surface water. Check. We spread 1000 lbs of straw and hay on the septic field and eroding trenches paying the price for our late finish. I’ve dug one full swale with the tractor and … Continue reading

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Planning Days

After a crazy week and finalizing inspections it is time to circle back on lists and to-dos. While I am raring to get started on building the farm prep area out in the barn there are a multitude of little … Continue reading

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