Cedar wood products

Agroforestry is an important aspect of our overall farm management, and we do offer some wood products for sale depending on supply and season. We only use & sell wood cut & milled on-farm, using methods that help preserve soil and enhance biodiversity on our land. We generate mostly cedar lumber due to its over-abundance on areas we’re managing for biodiversity and land restoration, though we do cut hardwoods at times as part of our long-term plan for forest improvement. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing any of the products listed below.

NOTE: We are only set up to sell locally; we do not ship products commercially. Raw materials (posts & lumber) are especially seasonal. We are not a lumberyard or wood shop with a constant inventory, just a diversified farm doing various work when it makes sense to do it.

Finished items

birdhouses

– Birdhouses: We assemble a variety of cedar birdhouses, drawing upon plans approved by the National Audubon Society as appropriate for bird conservation (such as those in this book). These are a great way to improve the wildlife habitat around your home while supporting our agroforestry efforts to enhance biodiversity on the farm. Above, from left to right:

  • Wren box: mount under roof overhangs, in open sheds, or other semi-sheltered areas where wrens like to be. The goal is to encourage wrens to use the box rather than a location you don’t want them to be!
  • Bluebird house: mount in an open area, on a tall pole. Box has a pre-drilled 3/4″ mounting hole in the back that accepts 3/4″ metal conduit, which can be purchased at a hardware store and slid over a piece of rebar hammered into the ground. Front door opens for easy cleaning and checking on nesting activity.
  • Phoebe shelf: Eastern Phoebes especially like to nest on open ledges like gutters. Use one of these shelves to try and encourage nesting in a desired place, where you can carefully watch brooding activity.

Visit nestwatch.org to join an interesting citizen science project and learn more about bird-friendly ways to encourage and monitor nesting activity.

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– Garden frames: Basic cedar-plank garden beds are an attractive and practical way to get started on, or improve, home food production. Cedar is rot-resistant, so these frames should last many years enclosing your garden plots or young fruit trees. Notched at the corners and screwed together, these form a solid enclosure for your vegetables, fruits, or ornamentals (the frame shown above has been laid out loosely for demonstration).

Raw materials

– Lumber: At certain times, we can have cedar lumber custom-milled to ordered dimensions. Cedar is highly rot-resistant yet soft enough to work easily, and can be used for a variety of building projects. We’ve sold lumber to folks building backyard sheds and raised garden beds as well as framing or siding barns, and use it regularly on our farm as well for everything from small cabinetry to barn-building. We generally charge $2/board foot for custom-milled lumber, especially wider planks or structural pieces. Availability is seasonal (mostly mid-winter to early spring) and must be planned well in advance to coordinate with logging work and scheduled milling dates, but please contact us if interested in using local wood products in your next small or medium-sized project.

– Logs: We use a large quantity of unmilled cedar logs as fenceposts and basic structural pieces around the farm, as they’re quite rot-resistant in contact with soil. If you’re planning a garden fence or other basic project, consider contacting us first to use locally-harvested posts. Also seasonal, though requiring less planning than lumber milling.

– Firewood: Though cedar should not be used with indoor fireplaces/stoves as it can soot up a chimney, its hot and quick burn is quite effective with outdoor stoves where chimney length is minimal. We generate quite a bit of scrap wood, including stump cut-offs, milling scraps, and other oddly-shaped pieces that work well in outdoor furnaces.