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Forestry and farming with horses.

a few weekends ago I went to Virginia to spend a few days with Jason Rutledge. He logs and farms with his Suffolk Punch Draft horses, an endangered breed which he is helping to save.

he called what he does, Restorative forestry, his point being that at this point, sustainable is near impossible because of the loss and damage. 

His knowledge of the forest and how it grows and how to restore it is astounding. 

I wish I could post the pic and videos that I took. 

I fell in love with the horses! Watching them work was very inspiring.

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spotted-horses said

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Spotted, this might interest you

ABINGDON, Va. — In an effort to increase farming opportunities in regional forests, Appalachian Sustainable Development will expand its efforts as a partner in the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Program. With a $650,000, 3 year funding commitment from the USDA, a consortium of universities, governmental and non-profit organizations will collaborate to expand the cultivation and conservation of medicinal non-timber forest products and equip Appalachian forest farmers to supply verified and organic forest grown raw material to nutraceutical and herbal product industries. The project extends from Georgia to Pennsylvania.

A total of $18 million dollars have been earmarked under the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) initiative, titled the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. This program provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring and technical assistance initiatives for farmers who have been practicing for 10 years or less, http://nifa.usda.gov.....nt-program.

more http://www.heraldcou.....8a162.html

Thanks for the info! I'll look into it.

you are welcome

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So I finally have an actual computer again! Woohoo! Of course now I have to learn how to type on an actual keyboard again! I've installed Firefox.

Pictures!!!!!!

This is what I do when I'm snowed in. The horse image is hitched horse hair. I've really developed my technical skills this year!

It is a cell phone bag.

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That looks outstanding

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This one will be an inlay for a box.

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Nice, the sheath you made for my buck is still my favorite

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Im glad to hear that. Thank you

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So this is my truck. I've named him Beast. he hauled 50 bales today as if it were nothing!

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