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"The very best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese Proverb

Some notes from our farm located near Centuria Wisconsin USA:

Since 1998 we've been working to re-forest an 80 acre dairy farm located in North-West Wisconsin. All the work has been done by family and friends.

Nearly all the hardwood trees have come from seed that we have collected and processed ourselves. Much of this seed was scattered or planted at the farm but a good deal was cultivated in back-yard nurseries to protect the young trees until they can compete 'in the field'. After one or two years in these nurseries, we transplant them to the farm.

We have learned much during this experience and we are continually learning more. We have had many successes and many failures but we consider it an honor and a privilege to spend our time and energy making the world (and the air) better for our children.

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Farm notes for 2017 season.

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Forest Notes for 2018 Season

2018 Farm Notes:

  • 2018 I ordered 300 Pine and spruce transplants to fill in some gaps in what we call the Windbreak. This area was a mature conifer plantation and has endured some hard times over the last 20 years and there isn't much left but brush and scrub. I would like to rejuvenate this into evergreen once again. May 6-8, 2018: Transplant Trees
  • Plant ~50 Red Oak and White Oak 3-year seedlings from my 'nursery' to fill in some problem spots around the farm and around the yard. June 1, 2018: Release transplanted Oaks / place cages
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Forest Notes for 2019 Season

2019 Farm Notes:

  • Tackle some much needed repairs and maintenance on the house.
  • Find new renters for house
  • Set up trailcam for DNR Snapshot Wisconsin project.
  • Release 2018 plantings in windbreak.
  • Northern Gas cleared their right of way (last fall)
  • Plant Ginko seedlings in some of the cages that had failed oak.
  • Good crop of walnuts so I dumped a couple buckets into the woods

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Forest Notes for 2020 Season ( The year of Coronavirus Pandemic )

2020 Farm Notes: Our travels were severely restricted this year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic so I only visited the farm 3 times all year. We did set up the trailer.

  • Check on progress of Ginko seedlings I planted last fall
  • Clean up/ clean out 'guest house'. Check for structure and roof (still good)
  • Transplant Catupa seedlings from my nursery in yard and orchard area.
  • Continue cutting brush in windbreak to continue release of 2018 plantings.
  • Neighbor to S. had lot line surveyed. new line 20' onto my land.
  • Sewer needs new Drain Field (N. of driveway by guest house. )
  • Obtained hybrid Chestnut nuts from Al Ellingboe farm -- for seed.
  • There are no acorns this year in Madison but the pines are loaded with cones.

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Forest Notes for 2021 Season

2021 Farm Notes:

  • Set out 300 transplants from DNR (200 white spruce and 100 red pine).
  • Clear brush in 'windbreak' N. of homestead. in prep for transplants.
  • First attempt at grafting apple trees.
  • Transplant new apple seedlings and Oak seedlings from my nursury.(in cages)
  • Clear brush over and around new plantings (release) in windbreak.
  • Plant Oak, Apple, and Spruce from personal nursery to fill gaps in bottom, orchard, and windbreak.
  • Build new 'Well house' to cover well head and replace trash can cover.

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Forest Notes for 2022 Season

2022 Forest/Farm Notes:

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