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Multiflora Rose Spraying

06/11/2024 | Posted by jake |

Anyone who has ever hiked through multiflora rose can tell you how miserable this invasive species is! Originally introduced from Asia to act as a natural fence barrier, this plant quickly took over our hardwood forests. In addition to the uncomfortable thorns, the rose bush blocks out sunlight from new growth of native/desirable species.

It took two years of paperwork and waiting, but we’ve finally started spraying with a grant from the USDA. This year we’ll tackle half of our acreage, and next spring we’ll hit the other half. The effects are already visible after only one month. We can’t wait to get out in the woods this fall to prep without prickers!


Black Walnut Syrup Part 2

05/28/2024 | Posted by jake |

We finally boiled down the black walnut sap from February/March! Approximately two and a half gallons turned into six ounces of delicious syrup, a similar ratio of maple sap/syrup. Walnut syrup has a slightly different taste, and while we all found it pleasant we do not think that it will be replacing maple syrup any time soon!


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