New life at the farm

With all the crazy weather this year in Canada, spring has finally arrived. Spring has always represented a new beginning and for Seven Fields Farm & Orchard this year has brought new life to the farm. This week, in partnership with Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Trees Program, we planted 3,500 trees at the farm signalling the beginning of our walnut orchard. Even the heavens were excited that day because the sunshine was shining on us and double digit temperatures made for a wonderful day of planting. We would be remiss if we didn’t say a big thank you to Forests Ontario and the professional team of planters that helped us make our dream a reality.

With that, let’s get to some pictures from our day of planting. We have featured some of the best photos below, but please feel free to view some additional photos on our gallery page as well. Enjoy!

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The heavy workhorses ready for planting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mechanical tree planter is manned by an individual who places the tree sapling into the auger after a hole has been bored.
The mechanical tree planter is manned by an individual who places the tree sapling into the auger after a hole has been bored. The wheels at the rear push and compact the soil around the sapling to protect it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The black walnut saplings are prepared on the planter for planting
The black walnut saplings are prepared on the planter for planting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the extensive root system of the black walnut saplings
You can see the extensive root system of the black walnut saplings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also planted some white pine to protect the walnuts along the perimetre of the orchard
We also planted some white pine to protect the walnuts along the perimetre of the orchard

 

 

 

 

 

 

The field which will house the walnut orchard was prepared and sprayed to ensure that the saplings will have a chance to root and grow against any grasses, weeds, or invasive species
The field which will house the walnut orchard was prepared and sprayed to ensure that the saplings will have a chance to root and grow against any grasses, weeds, or invasive species

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tree planting was largely done by tractors with the auger attachment at rear
The tree planting was largely done by tractors with the auger attachment at rear

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our very first black walnut tree planted. We are so proud to bring these native species back to the area.
This was our very first black walnut tree planted. We are so proud to bring this native species back to the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similarly, this was our very first white pine sapling planted to protect the orchard from traditional strong north westerly winds.
Similarly, this was our very first white pine sapling planted to protect the orchard from traditionally strong north-westerly winds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The white pines beautifully aligned along the edge of the field.
The white pines beautifully aligned along the edge of the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may be hard now to see the walnut saplings, but in the years to come they will grow rapidly
It may be hard now to see the walnut saplings, but in the years to come, they will grow rapidly
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After a day of planting the Forests Ontario crew headed out. They did an amazing job and we are so thankful for their dedicated work.

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