Oh the possibilities!!!
So interesting that just 3 nights ago on PBS' America ReFramed they had the documentary (or some of it, I think the whole thing is an hour and a half) of Reversing the Mississippi. Factor e Farm helping in New Orleans' lower ninth ward.
I wish you much success in this journey.
With forty shades of green, it's hard to be blue.
Garg 'nuair dhùisgear! Virtutis Gloria Merces
I am not alone ! I am so thankful to be part of FVC-ME - 140 Veteran Farmers help other Veterans going forward. I am but one, with my brothers & sisters I am an army. I was able to purchase 47 fruittrees from Winter Cove Farm at 17.00 a piece. Come Fall Brian will plant them for me. Of coarse I will pay for this assistance. Heaven knows my legs don't work well enough for me to do it.
At the present I have no door to offer you. Mid-May and the dirtwork will begin - then the well - then if all goes as I hope it does - 16' X 20 ' two story cabins - 4 of them sponsored by Farmer Veteran Coalition of Maine. Then may I request you visit and help us plan the property for tomorrow ?
Congrats Mark - so glad things are moving forward Those pics look a bit like our little mud-puddle when we first arrived, minus the 5 year old brushy pioneer growth (birch, aspen/popplar, alder and sugar maple). I definitely recommend getting that slash up in piles soon (huglekultures!) so it doesn't make a mess of unrotted sunken logs everywhere you dry to stick a shovel in the ground. You've got a blank canvas going right now which is always exciting.
Any plans to bring in nitrogen fixers this year or next? The rule of thumb is usually 50% N-fixing trees and shrubs when establishing your forests and orchards, and black locusts are dirt cheap if you buy in bulk. Coldstream farm is where I've gone in the past - looks like they're out of stock for the season but you usually can't beat their prices (89 cents per 1-2ft bareroots if ordering between 100 and 499). Good firewood, grows like a weed, excellent anti-rot building material, makes good leaf-hay for goats/sheep/etc and it's one of the best N-fixing perennials for us Mainiacs
Hello Tristan - Today I was told by the County that the roads are clear to begin dirtwork. At present I have that landing, just a little more than a football field. Dozer will be working within soon. One step at a time. Then some stump removal. When this is near completion, I will deside on issues such as additional clean fill and adjustments to my gravel road. Of coarse my pocket book will dictate what I can & cannot afford to do with this at this time.