BROKEN OAK HILL(R )   Dispatches from the heart of Wisconsin     
Welcome to Broken Oak Hill(R) Country
Top photo: Nate and Ethan take a break at the broken oak.  Nate made a "Broken Oak" sign with his new router, which was installed here.  We decided to move it back a ways from this spot to a location closer to tthe trail. 

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Our trees
updated: 1/31/2018

Our wildflowers
updated: 2/19.2016

A bluebird on the front yard oak on May 15.
Our birds
updated: 4/4/2018  

   
Other broken oaks
A website devoted to Indian trail marker trees may offer some clues about our own "broken oak." 


At the Farm
A new summer, new adventures
Our two varieties of wood chunks, cherry and hickory.June was wet to begin with and dry at the end, but it still required a lot of mowing to keep the farm looking good.  The bluebirds appreciate the mowed meadows, and we appreciate seeing them around the house.  It was also the month we finally made a little headway with our idea of providing Wisconsin wood chunks for the "discriminating" grill master who likes the idea of using a locally sourced product. Sendik's in Brookfield received our first order just before the Fourth of July.  We have checked a couple of times, and sales are off to a slow start, but we are hopeful interest will pick up as people try them.  We have updated the website with our June report and have some catching up to do on previous reports, but we'll get there...when we're not mowing or planting and watering trees, or making wood chunks! 

Learning from our own field day
It has been a while since we had a field day at our farm, but the lessons we learned then still apply.  The program, sponsored by the Central Sands chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, included our 55-year history, a look at our most recent harvest and other issues like battling invasives.  You can learn more about it (and what we learned) in our complete report.


Escape Wisconsin
A place on the plains for tall trees
A recent road triA giant pine towers over a transplanted railway station at the Bartlett Arboretum. p to Texas resulted in a number of pleasant surprises.  One was a visit to the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, just south of Wichita, where a number of record trees for the state of Kansas can be found.  A nephew had recommended the place, and it turned out to be so much more than we expected.  More than 100 years old, the little woods on the outskirts of town is home to a variety of species of large trees.  We were lucky enought to have a great conversation with the owner/manager, Robin Macy, whose surprising journey to care for these magnificent place makes her  a hero to anyone who cares about our trees and forests. You can find out more in this Escape Wisconsin report.
     

Our history
We are a 50-year Tree Farm now, but for for a look at the first 25 years at the farm, you can read 
The Cookstove by Burt.
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