For a certain stratum of Maine society, Fedco tree pick-up day is practically a religious holiday, and Fedco is their Mecca. Lots of trucks in the field that served as the lot. My neighbor and I made it in early; above is the as yet unravished hazelnut section, with the trees tagged and planted, or rather embedded, in damp sawdust.

I wanted hazelnut trees as a small step toward an edible landscape, a polyculture; because hazelnuts, being smallish, do not steal sun or endanger the roof; because nuts pack a lot of nutrition; and because hazelnuts are cold hardy — even as the Gulf of Maine warms, the winter is still something to worry about.

In another part of the warehouse, here are some people:


Of course, planting trees does imply thinking more than a few months ahead…