Hey farm friends!
That 4′ of snow covering the fields three weeks ago is finally melted and the fields are beginning to dry out. We still have snow in the woods as maple sugaring season winds down but our thoughts are turning to planting the Christmas trees.
Winter was so crazy this year that I’m a little late in trying to get the planting date narrowed down — it’s just been unpredictable when the frost would be out of the ground and the fields dry enough to work. The farm that we get our seedlings from is in northern Vermont, so they’re a bit behind us weather-wise. So, I’ve been holding off on reaching out simply because I wasn’t sure when things would be ready.
At this point, we’re shooting for tree planting on Saturday, May 2nd, but our back up date is Saturday, May 9th. Next week, I’ll chat with the farmer in VT to get a better sense on whether 5/2 will work, but I wanted to give you a heads up now if you are interested & willing to help out — it’s a group effort and we really appreciate our family and friends help in establishing the farm.
Our plan will be to start tree planting around 10AM. We will provide lunch. After wrapping up in the afternoon, everyone is invited to the farmhouse for a potluck and beer. You’re welcome to hangout as long as you want. Bring your sleeping bag to stay over. Work up a good ghost story for the campfire.
Please let me know if we can plan on your help! (I have to make sure there’s enough beer!)
Tree panting details:
There’s a variety of tasks from pruning sapling roots, bringing trees to the fields, drilling holes and planting the saplings. It’s good work, nice to be outdoors and get a chance to enjoy cultivating trees, chat with friends plus have some good beer. Bring work gloves if you have them.