February brings our annual Logging Workshop. Ken marks the trees in the woodlot and then fells them to be ready for the big day. He then spends several days “sharp shoeing” our Suffolk Punch horses so that they have good traction for pulling in icy conditions. One team moves the logs down to the trail in the woods and lines them up ready for the other team to pull them out into the field. Some of the small and damaged logs will be cut up and split for our 2014 winter firewood and other good logs will be sawn into lumber with the sawmill. We were happy to have good conditions for logging – enough snow for the logs to skid along on without getting dirty, but not so much that it was hard to walk around in the woods. The sun came out and made for a very pleasant day in the woods.
The sun also makes the greenhouse warm up and we are ready to start the first onions, leeks and head lettuce the beginning of March.