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The REAL Farm Story!

June 16, 2010

For the past six months, you’ve been hearing about my farm adventures.  There have been a variety of anxieties:

Some have been large:

Some have been small:

Some seemed larger than they really were!

Some were caused by nature:

And some were man-made:

The obvious question that people ask is why, Tom, are you subjecting yourself to all this?

Even if the question didn’t occur to you, please be assured it has to me.

Actually, all this effort has been expended for a good cause–our farm re-vegetation project, which we’ve called CUE Haven.  Over the past couple of weeks we have been sorting photos and writing blubs and we are now ready to share with the world the details of the project.  We have launched a website for CUE Haven which documents the project and will provide a pictorial history of the transformation of the land from pasture back to native forest over the next several years.

We will keep the CUE Haven site up to date with new pictures as we continue the planting project.  I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about some of the adventures in getting the project moving and find the site interesting and informative.

Please have a look at the site and leave a comment there letting us know what you think.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 12:41 am

    I’m loving this project! Really fantastic, and well worth the hard work, I’m sure.

  2. June 17, 2010 12:49 am

    You’ll have a fan in me for life. Having lived in Florida for years and having to witness the criminal enterprise of local and state politics that allowed for the clearing of protected wetlands (and anything else in the way of the bulldozer) to make room for even more Bed Bath and Beyond hell, I’m behind you 100 percent.

    Keep up the good work!

    • June 17, 2010 10:26 am

      Thanks! If you lived in Florida and don’t like developers you should read some Carl Hiaasen. He’s hilarious and right on point. Try Sick Puppy and Skin Tight if you haven’t already.

      • June 17, 2010 9:10 pm

        I’ve read everything that Hiaasen has written as well as Tim Dorsey who may be even more hilarious!

  3. June 17, 2010 1:30 am

    What a fantastic project!

    I hadn’t even guessed that your adventures were in pursuit of such a larger goal.

    This is the sort of project my wife has been dreaming about for years…

  4. June 17, 2010 2:55 am


    Your new website is beautiful, as is the land–the trees you are planting–and you and your wife’s vision.

    To engage in such a project so much bigger than yourselves is mindboggling to me.

    I salute you both, for you will have tangibly left the earth a better place.

  5. June 17, 2010 12:00 pm

    That is a cool project, but I’m going to go ahead and ask you to stop showing pictures of that weta. It’s giving me nightmares.

    • June 17, 2010 12:11 pm

      Thanks! And fair enough–let’s hope we’ve both seen the last of him!

      • June 18, 2010 11:45 am

        I’m with Grump, I sob uncontrollably when I see that thing.

        More importantly, what a spectacular thing you’re doing!

  6. June 18, 2010 6:15 pm

    That’s good. I’m working on a similar project. My secret plan is to buy Manhattan one day and restore it to its original state. I don’t have a lot of money, so I’m trying to negotiate them down to the original price the island was purchased from the Indians plus a 10% markup at the most.

    Turning veggie is also a good way to reduce the amount of land being wasted as grazing pastures for stupid cattle.

    • June 19, 2010 10:34 am

      Sounds like an interesting project. You might want to check out the “Pest Control” tab in the web site. I think you are going to be busy.

      • June 19, 2010 4:36 pm

        True. Getting a million people off the island may prove tricky. And all the rats, too.

  7. June 19, 2010 1:57 am

    That is one big bug!

  8. sayitinasong permalink
    June 20, 2010 9:14 am

    Good luck with the very worthy project!

  9. June 20, 2010 9:53 am

    Very interesting. But what critters will be living in those woods, do you think? I hope something that you snuggle up to, rather than something that you cringe from. At any rate, I’m impressed by your ambitiousness!

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