Trees, Trees, and more Trees!

These last two weeks on the farm have been a constant mix of bush hogging, drilling holes, and planting trees. Last week we received over 3,000 trees…to add to the other 630 trees that we had hilled up or had in pots waiting to be planted. Getting these trees in the ground has been a true test of patience and perseverance. Between tractor repairs and Mother Nature…this job that we thought would take about 2 weeks has been going on for the last 6 weeks. Ironically, the tree delivery was also delayed and so the timing ended up working out okay.
All the tree varieties that we are planting are specific to our area and zone, are frost tolerant, and serve specific purposes for our farm (food for people/livestock/bees, medicinal, and/or soil building). We are planting large quantities with the idea that only the toughest pest resistant will survive.  This is also called the STUN (Sheer, Total, Utter Neglect) method, coined by Mark Shepard in his awesome book, Restoration Agriculture.

 

 

So here is what we are planting this week…we have many more varieties going in the ground soon.

  • Blueberries
  • Persimmon
  • American Plum
  • Elderberry
  • Pecan
  • Hazelnut
  • Chinese chestnut
  • Mulberry
  • Allegany Chinkapin

Well, it’s back to planting for us!

As always, we would love to hear from you. Do you have any experience growing these tree?  What type of yield are you getting?  Do you feed any of it to your livestock?  We would love to hear all about it – Please comment below!


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  1. I am just starting a family farm in MA and have enjoyed your podcast. Where did you get your 3000+ trees? Where do you suggest ordering them? Thank you!

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