Boxcar Farm

The Wild Orchard
The Old House
Boxcar Bees
Boxcar Botanicals
Farm Kids Gone Wild
Garlic, Garlic, Garlic
Breeding like, umm, rabbits
Small scale farming
Milk Goats
Boxcar living
Craft of the Country Cook (or, How to Demusk a Muskrat)
Composting outhouses: Humanure
Our Story: Cold Sinks
Poems about us
Avrum Katz, Sufi poet
Kristen Davenport Katz

Here's Ella, and the base of one of our apple trees... with main tree and shoots , too. quite a mess


Same tree as the one Ella was standing under
again, you see the tangled mess of 40 years of no care...

This tree somehow got some care over the years
But it has only a couple of live branches... is it too late to save? Fantastic winesap apples..

Our new property has a wild orchard surrounding the house and up by the road... there are probably 20 apple trees, a couple of pears, and wild plums everywhere ... perhaps also a couple of apricots. There are also some sour pin cherries, as well as gooseberries. Most of the trees, which we figure are 100 years old, need serious work -- if they can be saved at all. We plan to work with some local orchardists (including the famed Gordon Tooley) to restore the orchard. At the very least, we'll let it run wild for the bears.


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