Picking up the pace May 14, 2018 by admin Clearing weed trees to make room for the northernmost clusters of homes. These small hardwood trees will be sorted. A furniture maker friend may select some to be milled. Others will be cut up for firewood to be used in our masonry stoves. Some might find their way into hugelkultur beds or into the visual berms we’re building for neighbors. If we have more than we can use, we may sell some to a firewood processor. The tops and limbs of the removed trees are being chipped. That huge pile will be used as a base for the public walking and horse trail along the northern edge of the property. The brush has been cleared from the area where the southern home clusters will be built. All the stripped topsoil has now been moved from point A to point B. It’s out of the way of construction and will be spread again at the end. We’re working with our permaculture consultants on deciding the best places to distribute the surplus topsoil. This is an old dairy farm, and the topsoil is high in organic matter. So it’s a valuable resource that we want to use wisely.