Agroforest Progress

Welcome to our agroforest progress page. This is a timeline, in reverse chronological order, of our agroforestry project from the beginning until the present.

Picture - Trail to one of our proposed campsites.

A plethora of information exists online about the general concepts of agroforesty but few sites explain the steps required to actually make a project like this work. We plan to include our successes and our misguided efforts to make it easier for anyone out there who is thinking of getting involved in this kind of project. We are on a mountain of a learning curve (excuse the pun), which means your comments and constructive criticism are always welcome. Please leave a comment at the bottom of this page or on my Facebook page.
After you finish reading this page, please consider visiting these other pages which contain more detailed information about our agroforest.
  • About agroforestry - general information about agroforestry and how it relates to our specific project.
  • History of our forest - our forest has a very long and interesting history. Learn how this land transferred from famous Japanese clans of the past and eventually became the property of the Hayman clan.
  • Our mission - an explanation of our motivations for purchasing this incredible piece of real estate.
  • Agroforest plan - proposed plan for the agroforest including trails, campsite locations, and what we plan to grow.
  • Agroforest camping - visit one of our 4 planned campsites and Lover's Point.
  • Agroforest challenges - A few of the challenges which need to be met in order for our agroforestry project to succeed.
  • A few pictures - family pictures of our trips to the forest.
  • Please consider becoming a sponsor - for those of you who believe in our mission, please consider sponsoring this very important project.
Agroforestry Project Progress
- Today was once again all about the campsite. Moved the processed wood and stored it above ground basically stuck between trees. All this work since another poisonous snake was seen, this time, the multicolored variety. Processed a lot of wood from previously cut trees. Made a campfire over a couple of the same tree stumps and cooked potatoes wrapped in aluminum again.

- Today was all about the campsite. Processed a lot of wood from previously cut trees. Made a campfire for the first time over four tree stumps in order to remove them. Cooked potatoes wrapped in aluminum.

- This was actually our first trip up to the mountains as owners. Much of today was spent working on Sunrise campsite. A bit of leveling and removing slightly larger trees. Many understory trees were removed towards the goal of a panoramic view of the reservoir. A green snake was seen roaming around. The setback today was a deer ate all the sweet potato vines. The vines were a test to see if the deer were around and now we got our answer.

- The Japanese equivalent of escrow for the mountain property closed today. We are now the official owners of this incredible piece of real estate.

- The parking area is getting closer to being usable but still needs to be graded. Now Sunrise campsite is basically usable but still needs grading to accommodate a tent. The small trees on about half of the west facing slope were removed and the leaves raked. A cloudy, windless, and very humid day.

- A bit more work on the parking and a lot more work on Sunrise campsite with more small trees removed and a ton of leaves raked. The first Mamushi snake was found and finished. Another very humid day.

- What better way to spend Independence Day (means nothing in Japan of course) then to head up to our, soon to be, mountain property. This trip was spent mostly expanding the parking area and putting up gates using the old trees we cut. Then in the afternoon a bit more work on Sunrise Campsite, including cutting a few more trees and raking tons of leaves.

- We could not find the property post for the southwest corner of our property. A bit of a disappointment since this the location of this border is the only one on the property we are unsure of. Removed half of six termite infested cedar trees using a hand saw in order to increase the size of the parking area. Made a trail to one of the four planned campsites and began cutting small trees to ready the spot for camping. BTW, the deer did not eat the dill.

- We worked on the city access road, which was total mess. Tree branches and bushes where making tons of scratches on our truck. We cut many tree branches and raked up old wood and leaves from the road. We also made a better turnaround for the truck. Before returning home, we put some dill stems and leaves on the trail to see if any deer might end up eating them.

- We decided to purchase the property and were now in negotiations with the owner through the listing agent. We headed up to the mountains with a different feeling this time now that the decision to purchase was made. Although we did not own the property, we decided to do a little work up there anyway. There was a pile of very old trash on the side of the road somebody dumped off presumably many years before. We connected a rope to the truck and dragged a soaked mattress loaded up with other trash to the side entry of the access road. We made a parking area off to the side of the access road. We then made an approximately 40 meter trail to what we thought might be a good spot for a temporary campsite.

- With our farms well under control, and now supplying 100% of our fresh veggie, fruit, herb, and beverage needs, it was time to move on to another project. The mountain property came up in a conversation between my wife and myself. We checked online and it was still available, albeit at a price we were not willing to pay. Anyway, today we packed up the truck, loaded up the kids and headed up to the mountain for a look. We parked on the city owned dirt access road and made a makeshift hiking trail and found a few property posts along the way.

- We are guessing this is about the time we first saw this property for sale online. We were still getting used to farming on approximately a total of a quarter of an acre and the thought of purchasing a 4.5 acre mountain was much too daunting a project.