This blog is about the needs of small growers; their customers; and their forests; and other forest "users".
The Forest Farming Special Needs List is intended to be a collaborative project. It is about being inclusive; including the needs of trees; growers; and end users. The growers are farm foresters, forest farmers, agroforesters, forest growers, managers. The products range from wood, oils, food, through to recreational space.
Not all growers can participate fully in group activities. Newbies (and others ) may want quick simple answers. Some want depth. the project offers flexibility.
If all you want is pictures, then you may be able to learn enough from them – on a lot of topics. If you want to go deeper then perhaps some of the tools referred to will help you get there.

One objective is to include those with slow internet connections. Also we should be mindful of bandwidth conservation for our host's sake. Attempts will be made to keep large files from those pages first encountered. The special needs list is in text; download/ copy what you need onto your own computer, then convert the links to html . We may need to provide links to photo hosting sites; we'll just see how things go.

Apologies to those whos special needs ( obviously ) haven't been accomodated. This is a construction zone. Constructive comment is welcomed.
The present maintainer of content on these pages, shem kerr. has junior membership in the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association and the NZ Tree Crops Association.



  1. I think your blog set up is clean and crisp. Good on you! I have been hoping you’ll post an emaill address so I can contact you about some small improvements that I would like to suggest but perhaps a comment is a good way of doing that.

    (1) Using a text widget to provide contact information maybe something you would like to consider. Including an email address and a thumbnail size phoyo of the blog keeper would also add a welcoming touch.
    (2) I have read your special needs list and I’m wondering if that list or parts thereof wouldn’t serve well as categories and sub categories.
    (3) I’m thinking one category that I feel you ought to consider adding is Best Practices.
    (4) Another one worth adding might be a category that encompasses working conditions and forestry worker related issues.
    (5) I’m noticing that the terms for developing trees like seedlings, plugs, etc. – whatever may be common to what terms are used in New Zealand might be useful additions to categories and sub-categories. The life history terms for the trees been cultivated might be useful category and sub-category inclusions. In fact Forest Cultivation and Tree Husbandry may be useful inclusions too.
    (6) I’m wondering if Forestry – Pests shouldn’t be a category also.

    All category and sub-category “tags” are the paths that we use as information highways. IMO it’s better to have too many than too few.

    Primarily I’m commenting to wish you well and to note that you’re off to a great start.

    Best regards and happy blogging.

    Comment by timethief — July 9, 2006 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  2. Hi there,
    I was rendered “inactive” in Matt’s Happy New Year purge and if you like you can read about it here

    I cannot post to any forums and I’m wondering if you ever got an answer to your regional stats question.

    Comment by timethief — February 7, 2008 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  3. @timethief, you are welcome to have your note(2) in my ‘About’ page. After all, one impetus for this blog was thuggish behaviour, censorship, and other unethical actions by former associates. obliquely denies the existance of regional stats What are they? Perhaps a development project that accidently pops up in place of my daily stats; something that wordpress would rather not comment on due to its amateurish look, or because wordpress sees regional stats as a future marketable product that’s supposed to be presently under wraps?
    A couple of recent splog swarms also seem suspiciously like inside jobs for training purposes. Whatever the case, given that splog hunting is presently a handjob, there’s opportunity for splogattackbot development, and I wish well in this. faces an ethical dilemma of being an organization ‘encouraging’ a volunteer community forum support network, that is developing into a commercial entity that requires tight central control, but as yet lacks sufficient personal character maturity. How much of your community can you piss off or miss-treat, and for how long? On the other hand: who should be the most mature in a relationship?

    Comment by shem kerr — February 8, 2008 @ 5:16 am | Reply

  4. How much of your community can you piss off or miss-treat, and for how long?

    There are over 1.9 million wordpress blogs out there and I suppose that as many as 30-40% are not in regular use. At present, there no alternative blogging platform that I consider to be as good as this one is. I’m also assuming that others feel the same way, therefore, I think that can go on peeing people off for quite some time to come.

    As far as backroom stuff going on and training drills too, I don’t think you are far off the mark. Matt is paying for an enhanced work force (hanni, mtdewvirus, echo1123) to gear up for engineering happiness as the monetization of escalates.

    Like you I have no idea what the regional stats thing is about and as Mark sidestepped away from giving you a definitive answer, I assume that it’s something they are not willing to disclose. :rolling eyes:

    Comment by timethief — February 14, 2008 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  5. I suppose that as many as 30-40% are not in regular use.

    It’s more than that. Last time they did a monthly roundup, they quoted only about 25% were in use.

    Comment by drmike — February 15, 2008 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  6. You have a link to infobasket, the URL has changed, could you edit the target to the new URL? The new URL is the link is under other site factors on

    no post required – just email me

    Comment by Ken Awmack — May 22, 2010 @ 1:47 am | Reply

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