Most are doing well, a few have failed. Also in the mix are chives and daffodils, but exact locations not noted. At the moment it looks like another 19 trees and 13 shrubs to complete the berm next spring . . . Here’s the current listing, east to west. Shrubs in italics. [Planted 2015] Rhubarb Apple: Roxbury…

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I keep hearing that “Access to Land” is a key challenge for folks who want to do well by the soil. That the high cost of farmland and the consolidation of farms into mega-operations over the last few decades make it really difficult for younger farmers especially, to get onto the land and employ practices…

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Thanks to awesome efforts by Lolo and his friend Joey, the first phase of the Keyline path project is complete (they did the section in blue show in this post). Doris (the UTV) can now run the entire length of the path providing access for managing the woods and upper prairie area, mushroom hunting and…

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It’s fun to watch the berm on the near west field mature – even in a short time the difference is noticeable. Here’s a brief gallery of images from the initial forming of the berm (October 2013), the addition of first fruit trees (Spring 2014), daffodils blooming (Spring 2015) and additional fruit trees. It’s coming…

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  So how’s the new berm doing? More fruit trees planted and mulched, thank you. The berm now sports a mix of apples, cherries, plums, pears and serviceberries. It’ll be fun to see what thrives. Here’s the current listing, west to east: [Planted 2015] Apple: Roxbury Russet Apple: Cox’s Pippin Cherry: Gisella Cherry: Gisella Pear:…

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The time has come to find a real farmer. In the four years since we bought this place I’ve had a great time cleaning up the mess and beginning to restore the soil and infrastructure. While I do hope to continue to be involved in the future, after this season (already under contract) I’d like…

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With the help of some teen muscle, access to the woods and upper prairie is improving. A while back I posted about a natural access route along a contour line. We've been working to open up that pathway and here, for fun, are two video clips taken from Doris (the electric UTV) starting up in…

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In a few weeks some friends will be getting married at the farm so I’m trying to spiff up the place for the occasion. The old tractor that I use for mowing is being a bit temperamental so I’ve used it and the trail mower and a regular four-cycle lawn mower to get the ‘lawn’…

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Last night Cannon Falls got 10 inches of rain. The farm took a bit of a beating as you can see from the photos. We lost our culvert completely: a 6-foot diameter corrugated steel pipe was washed 120 yards downstream around an S curve, and a 4-foot diameter 40-foot long culvert wound up at a…

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Look at the great progress! I’m lucky to have skilled friends who can do quality work like this. Thanks Andy, Chad and Tracy.

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