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
posted 4 years ago
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.
Congrats! I am proud of you for calling out for the type of people that are usually left out. Really beautiful to see the emphasis on rebuilding the land and the people working it.
I like when I see Maine on the forums, only a 6 hour drive from Nova Scotia, so I feel more like you're my neighbour than anyone in Ontario or even Quebec!
So, good luck to you neighbour, here's a virtual basket of cookies from my house to yours!
posted 4 years ago
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.