Old Man Winter is hard at work in more ways than one.
A Give and Take. Pictured here current day is Bob Bower, the man with the small farm dream for this land 30+ years ago. Bob, along with his wife and fellow hard worker extraordinaire Jennifer, was able to build the organic vegetable gardens and the farm as he cleared land bit by bit, at first surviving as they went by selling cordwood. Organic farming was far from a money making endeavor in the early 80s. But the dream was there. The seed was planted. Every field he has cleared was a field once before -- cutting new growth forest that was surrounded by already established stone walls -- markers of fields that had been cleared on the land for hay and farming over 150 years ago, that grew in again with changing times. In the late 1700's and early 1800's, the "famous" Kearsarge Gore was a thriving community in and of itself, nestled between present day Sutton and Salisbury, and stretching up to Wilmot and Andover. The Kearsarge Gore officially became part of Warner in 1807. There is a lot of really interesting history of the Kearsarge Gore land, some of which you can read up on in History of Warner by Fred Myron Colby. These days, with winter comes cord wood work. We clear as sustainably as possible and sell cord wood relatively small time and locally; necessary fuel for keeping warm in what can sometimes be harsh and long (erm... Arctic this year -- Hello!) New Hampshire winters. We also stock up on wood to prepare for maple syrup making in late winter.
That being said, we take cord wood orders all winter if you need some!
Finished the floor on the trailer this past week. The only thing left to do on the trailer rebuild is making new fenders. It's fantastic to finally have our own trailer to haul things for our farm. The wood was cut from dying/diseased trees from our woods thereby improving the woodlot. All extra wood from the trees were turned into siding for a farm building or will be used as firewood. #ebyfarms#trailer#honeylocust#woodmizer#locust#farmbuilderentrepeneurs#sustainablelogging
This guy has a kickass job. He can load, convey, de-bark, and cut up full size Doug Fir logs, all by pushing buttons on his big control panel.... I love getting out there and seeing what the rest of the workforce goes through to earn their paycheck. #forestry#sustainablelogging#zerowaste#bluecollarproud#hustle
Thanks Mom for your prudent advice!! There's now a donate section on the Earth First website: 100% of your donation goes to rebuilding The Institute of Ecotechnics at Las Casas de la Selva in Puerto Rico! Check it out, Link in bio!
"On December 10, 1997, Julia Hill ascended 180 feet (55 m) the redwood tree Luna. (...) Hill lived on two 6-by-6-foot (1.8 by 1.8 m) platforms for 738 days. Luna's trunk was her sidewalk and exercise treadmill. Hill learned many survival skills while living in Luna, such as "seldom washing the soles of her feet, because the sap helped her feet stick to the branches better." Hill used solar-powered cell phones for radio interviews, became an "in-tree" correspondent for a cable television show, and hosted TV crews to protest old-growth clear cutting. With ropes, Hill hoisted up survival supplies brought by an eight-member support crew. To keep warm, Hill wrapped herself tight in a sleeping bag, leaving only a small hole for breathing. For meals, Hill used a single-burner propane stove. Throughout her ordeal, Hill weathered freezing rains and 40 mph (64 km/h) winds from El Niño, helicopter harassment, a ten-day siege by company security guards, and attempted intimidation by angry loggers." (via Wikipedia)
A culturally modified tree.
This tree was discovered and used by the First Nations of Flores Island over 150 years ago. It was rediscovered in 1994 during a culturally modified tree survey. Two planks or boards have been removed. The small chop marks indicate where there is a hole in this tree, this tree was also 'tested' to see if the wood was of high enough quality to make a good canoe. It did not pass the test. - Stanley Sam Sr. of the Ahousaht First Nations, Ahousaht Wild Side Heritage Trail Guidebook .