bruce Fine wrote:Ash, white ash, baseball bat ash? do you still have living ash trees? they are all dead here in appalachia, they are only good for growing turkey tail fungi
Dillon Nichols wrote:I hope that is someone expendable. Where are the chainsaw chaps??
The most impressive part of this, to me, is less that good days income, than that you know what has value, to who, where...
For me, with no training, no background, no family history in related fields, and no local connections, I spend time spinning in circles on some of this stuff. Someone will tell me, oh, you shouldn't trash(hugelkultur...) those trees. They're worth money! Oh, great. To who? Can't remember, but some guy down by such and such...
There is no phonebook here anymore, but none of these old guys are online in any form.
And so, I call around, and eventually figure out who they were talking about. I think. And those trees, are not worth money any more. Or, they are, but not enough to get them out of the woods, except I don't know what it costs to get them out of the woods, or to the mill 2 hours away. Or, they would be, if they were 10 years older. So I should leave them to grow. Except, they're dying off. In the shade of those other trees. Maybe it's because of the shade from those other trees? Wait, are those taller ones worth anything? (Mostly the answer is no, because if they were, the previous owner would have sold them, like he did everything of value.)
I know a lot more now, than when I got the place 14 months ago, but there is a lot to track down.
Travis Johnson wrote:...If you can help someone today, you better, because you never know when you will need help down the road.
Ed Waters wrote:Travis, we are planning on selling our farm here in upstate NY and moving to Maine somewhere from Jonesport up to maybe Pembroke. Do you know anyone up there in the real estate world that is reliable and may have an understanding of life that may not conform??
You can PM me at email@example.com if you know someone.
Ed Waters wrote:That blows my mind. $1/ton for wood chips. You can get them around here for free if you are on a route frequented by the guys clearing the electric lines. If not you are out of luck. For those who are looking for chips, grass clippings and leaves try putting up a sign by the road. $1/ton gets me a lot excited. I'm sure there is a loaded trucking charge to go along with that, but even then. When we first bought our place here in NY I wanted to introduce the ideas of Jean Pain for heating our green house. The GH was just to big and too drafty (100' x 36' converted dairy barn) and I could never figure out the pump system until much later. Starting over in Maine with a tiny greenhouse and woodchips for that price is exciting. Maybe Maine has more sunlight in winter than upstate NY. Elliot Coleman makes me think so.
The loggers sound a little like the Mennonite farmers around here. Every one of them grows the same variety of a couple of basic types of produce. There is no differentiation. BTW they all complain about how they don't make any money as well. You take your stuff to auction and get what you get. We grow mixed greens, micros herbs and cherry tomatoes which pays the bills. Its all an interesting study on how to make an existence which is a subject that has been discussed here many times before.