Thursday, October 17, 2013

31 new land stewards

Walbridge students have been visiting the farm over the past six years, but yesterday's visit was a bit different, more special than any of their visits in the past. 

We've dedicated part of our woods to the Walbridge students. As we made the announcement yesterday, it was awesome to see the pride and honor on their faces. They've been to the Farm a number of times, but their whole demeanor shifted when they realized they now had a special place here.  

Joe making the Walbridge Woods announcement.
We started the day off by dodging rain drops as we toured around Walbridge Woods. Arik pointed out different tree species, invasive plants and pests, and introduced various management concepts to the students. 

Arik leading a tour through Walbridge Woods.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The best tree ever!

Quercus macrocarpa, the mighty Bur oak. This particular specimen holds a near and dear place in my heart. It is my favorite tree on Arington Tree Farm. But if we can keep that a secret between you the reader and myself, I would appreciate it. I would hate to be waylaid by a branch from one of the jealous Boxelders that bookend my special oak.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Introducing... Walbridge Woods!

It's hard to believe but we've been working with Walbridge School over the past six years! Walbridge students and staff come to the Farm a few times during the year to learn...


and play.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Making the video!

Earlier this summer, before the National Tree Farm Convention, a videographer visited the Farm. He spent the day interviewing Joe, chatting with the grandkids, and watching Arik work in the field. The footage was edited and turned into this little ditty, which was used to announce Joe as the National Tree Farmer of the Year:

Here's the lowdown on what that day was like "behind the scenes!"