It's hard to believe it's already February! It's almost pruning season on the farm!
After a few years of taking care of two orchards (one in Brooktondale and one in Willseyville), we are finally settled into our new place, and have only one orchard to tend. We haven't started pruning yet, but will in a few short weeks. Our trees here are younger, so pruning this year shouldn't take us very much time.
Winter 2022-2023 has been quite mild, and we have had bare ground for a good part of the winter. Crystal is almost done harvesting her first-year willow patch. She coppices the willow to the ground when it's dormant, and dries the willow out for basket weaving. Once the willow rods are dry, they will be soaked in a stock tank, and then woven into baskets. Stay tuned for willow baskets in a few months!