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Beaver's on the Farm, Our Water Resource Managers!

Beaver's on the Farm, Our Water Resource Managers!

One of the most populous and wide ranging animal in North America, the beaver has been widely disparaged as a nuisance animal, but of course it isn’t. Instead it is an animal critical to maintain a healthy wetlands environment and today is considered a keystone species whose existence and work is necessary for the survival of many other species. One has to wonder why it took hundreds of years for European immigrants to realize this. Beaver create ecosystems that enhance the environment by preventing erosion, raising water tables, cooling water in ponds, building nutrient rich soil, creating fish spawning grounds,...

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Hempcrete Construction, Too!

Shelby's dad, Steve, is mostly running the tool business these days as Shelby is busy building carbon negative "green houses". His current project is the first Hempcrete house in Massachusetts. The beautiful post and beam frame is up and forming the hempcrete walls should start next week.

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Ready to plant?

Ready to plant?

We’ve set the clocks ahead, the hours of daylight are lengthening, the sun’s rays beginning to hint at warmth - SIGHHH - It’s about time! It’s also about time to start planting seedlings for the coming growing season. How nice it is to lay those tiny little kernels on beds of soft potting soil, to water and nourish them, coaxing out those first green shoots from dormancy…. Are you ready for seeding and planting season? At Howland Tools, we would like to share with you some fantastic products for starting your seedlings, as well as to help you plant them. Our...

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Shelby Howland, Founder of Howland Tools

Over eight years ago, Shelby Howland quite his job in computer programming / maintenance, sold his motorcycle and bought two pigs. With the goals of living in a sustainable, self sufficient manner, he and a friend moved to Plainfield MA, where they set to work clearing land for planting and pastures. Given the rocky terrain hand tools were required, a necessity which suited Shelby’s nature just fine. He appreciated the quiet one finds in working with these tools, as well as the independence from the need for fuel. What he did not enjoy about them was the cheap quality of hand...

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