Teal Farm - Huntington Vermont
 
Teal Farm - Forest

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Of Teal Farm's 540 acres, 490 are forested. We regard the Farm's predominantly rich deciduous hardwoods as a living legacy - they provide us with necessary raw materials to run the Farm and act as a source of wonder, inspiration, recreation, beauty, and intelligence. Given this perspective, we manage the Farm's forests using Natural Dynamics Silviculture, an approach that insists that human managers mimic natural forest regimes, thus assuring their continual use and their ecological integrity.

We also encourage looking to the forest for non-timber related production, and managing the forest’s capacity to grow berries, mushrooms, furniture making materials, and medicinal herbs. Teal Farm's forest is enrolled in the Vermont Current Use Program and Vermont Family Forest Certification Program, and meets Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification requirements as well – although it has not been formally certified as such. Our unique forest management philosophy has been integrated into a Forest Management Plan.

Living Future Foundation hosted a graduate student from University of Vermont’s Ecological Design Program. Abby Hood’s thesis demonstrates a strategy for planting a declining maple stand with forest species that can provide alternative yields to maple sap.  Click here to view Hood Report.

 

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