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Elise Baker

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  • in reply to: Financial Plan #5461
    Elise Baker
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    Hi Fabrice,

    I’m looking forward to seeing how your plan compares to mine. I had to have one to apply for grant funding and it was of course an onerous task not being a financial planning professional myself.

    Thanks for posting this information!

    Elise

    in reply to: Should we top these trees? #5237
    Elise Baker
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    Hi Simon,

     

    Thanks for the input. I just reached out to the local university and they may be interested in participating in some grant funded research on the topic. I’m hoping to get them out here while the trees are young and pick their brains.

    I’ll definitely check out your facebook page and the information from the Australian growers. I don’t want to stunt the development, but I do think it would be interesting over time since there are records of 1000 year old pollarded trees in Europe.

    in reply to: Dog handler visit protocols #5218
    Elise Baker
    Participant

    Simon, Thanks for posting these protocols. It gives me somethingto think about for the future when my orchard is producing.

    in reply to: Gophers, a force to abide by #4107
    Elise Baker
    Participant

    I missed that post in July as well. Congrats on your owls. I had previously posted that sometime the local wildlife rescue organizations will need to rehome owls, hawks, or other birds of prey and will do so for free if you provide appropriate living conditions for them.

    in reply to: Tractor size #4098
    Elise Baker
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    Thanks for this post. We will be purchasing a tractor in the near future. After a two year property search, we are scheduled to close in Oct. Our initial acreage is only 5, but we plan to grow the orchard over time.

    in reply to: Should we top these trees? #4097
    Elise Baker
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    I’ll be very interested in what you decide. I have a few oak varieties arriving in the spring and the english white is one of them.

    in reply to: Should we top these trees? #4084
    Elise Baker
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    I too am anxious to know what you decided. I am considering more of a Bonsai effect in my planned orchard. (Planting in April 2021). My thoughts on it were that it would be easier to manage the pruning if they were bonsaied. Could be true or not. Maybe I’ll experiment.

    in reply to: Tractor Rake #4083
    Elise Baker
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    Hi Fran,

    That seems like a big tractor. How many acres do you have planted and does it feel like the right size? I’m going to start with 5 acres and add plantings every year until I run out of space/money. We are scheduled to close on our property in October and a tractor and implements are the first thing on the list.

    in reply to: Weather Station with soil Moisture probe #4082
    Elise Baker
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    Hi Ann,

    Sorry I can’t help with a replacement, but would like to know how important you think a weather station was to your operation. After a nearly 2 year search, I’ve finally found my property and am scheduled to close in October. I have so much work to do before my spring planting and am in the process of prioritizing efforts.

    Thanks,

    Elise Baker

    in reply to: Ryker Ratcheting loppers and pruning shears #3935
    Elise Baker
    Participant

    I have to agree with Karen, If you have never tried ratcheting tools, they are a must. They grip on the first easy squeeze, then continue cutting deeper with each consecutive squeeze. They don’t rely on strength and require minimum effort to get maximum result.

    in reply to: Truffle Naming Standards #3822
    Elise Baker
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    I think your recommendation is sound. Being new to the truffle arena, I had some confusion over what was what, and after attending the Oregon truffle festival I discovered I didn’t really care for the Oregon white. Having some common nomenclature would certainly prevent me from purchasing a product I don’t really care for.

    I also believe it will help curb those less than forthright merchants if a standard is used. While they may still offer a “black” truffle, having a standard will allow consumers to have a common language and give them the information necessary to ask “which black truffle”.

    in reply to: Should we rename the Association? #3821
    Elise Baker
    Participant

    Interesting topic. I am considering starting a TN truffle growers association to bring more attention to this area and your reasoning behind the change may impact my decision. I’m still in the process of looking for property. I made an offer on it, but they countered out of my price range. I’m hoping a local association may open grant funding and partnership opportunities.

    in reply to: Gophers, a force to abide by #3820
    Elise Baker
    Participant

    Do you have a local rescue group for birds of prey? Here in the US if you provide a habitat a local wildlife rescue agency will release a bird on your property. Hawks and owls can be effective in keeping the populations down.

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