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Harvesting Firewood as a Community

Local Farm Tree Cutting BeeHarvesting firewood became a joyous community gathering for Local Farm this week as seven extended families helped us fell a tree. Our original intent was to remove the tree in order to allow more sunlight into our yard and onto our fruit trees. Margaret and her helpers prepared a fabulous feast while the rest of the crew bucked up, split, hauled, and stacked a beautiful woodpile to season under our porch. Traditional harvest “bees” or work parties can be a wonderful inter-generational social gathering where folks of all ages can share and develop a variety of skills. Many thanks to all who helped!!!!

Old Mr Black Birch
onlookers
looking on
felled tree
bucking it up to stove length
splitting rounds
happy onlookers
splitting
moving wood
another armload
another load
splitting demo
making deviled eggs
hand-squeezed lemonade
fresh mint chocolate cookies
clever setup
limbing branches
felling a striped maple
splitting trials
cutting watermelon
hand saw
sawing with Dad
stacking wood
this tree tastes good
friendly moth
learning young
sawing together
group shot
birch bark boats
chow line
feasting

Old Mr Black Birch

onlookers

looking on

felled tree

bucking it up to stove length

splitting rounds

happy onlookers

splitting

moving wood

another armload

another load

splitting demo

making deviled eggs

hand-squeezed lemonade

fresh mint chocolate cookies

clever setup

limbing branches

felling a striped maple

splitting trials

cutting watermelon

hand saw

sawing with Dad

stacking wood

this tree tastes good

friendly moth

learning young

sawing together

group shot

birch bark boats

chow line

feasting

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Heart(h) Warming!

firewoodI remember my uncle Bill gathering firewood as he cleared back the encroaching saplings and fallen tree limbs from the edges of his fields and pasture. These branches would make ideal stove-wood for the farmhouse electric & wood fired kitchen cook-stove.
Collecting firewood is an ancient tradition. When Motherhouse and Bluestone Farm collaborated to hold a women’s gathering celebrating farming and the Feminine, I led a fire-lighting ritual in one of their fireplaces. Wanting to be sure of my fire lighting skills, I asked some young friends and their moms to help gather wood and start a practice fire. Read on for the ritual…

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