We started the harvest earlier this year, so that we would be done in the fields before the buds of the second year growth started to emerge on the whips. The mild weather in January not only afforded us some lovely days to cut and sort, but not having to tromp through snow also made the coppicing go much quicker.
In February, I was a presenter at the OEFFA conference in Granville Ohio. My workshop, on coppicing and coppicing craft was well attended, and I was also able to display and sell baskets. I was especially proud that my son Eli, and his wife Alyssa, who have joined us here at the farm, were able to meet with the other young farmers in the area and network about beekeeping, farming practice, and small business development.
I am ready to ship live willow whips for transplanting, and have starters cut and sorted for those who would like to start their own willow patch. For basket makers and fence wattlers, my dry stock is bundled and sold by the pound. Best to reach me by phone, 740 697 0027, and do leave a message as I am often in the barn or nearby field. And spring, its delivery just a few weeks away. The peepers have come out of the mud, and make sweet evening music, forwarding the greening of the season.
Best wishes! Howard