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Courage has got to be harder;
Heart the stouter;
Spirit the sterner as our strength weakens.
Here lays our lord, cut to pieces, our best man in the dust.
If anyone thinks of leaving this battle, he can howl forever.
Battle of Maldon

Operational Overview

This is a container based tree farm: Everything is done in pots. Tree size ranges from seedling to 2 inch caliper. The farm has been growing steadily for the last 9 years, even while the economy has tanked. Remember the crunch in 2008? We grew. The crunch when oil dropped to 40 bucks a barrel? We grew, just not much. It is ready for the next step up. We've had a cash flow of just under 80 thousand dollars the last two years. In 2017, we hit 80,000 on the first of June.

We buy seedlings that are surplus from reforestation and reclamation projects. Some we sell. We plant the rest in pots, and water them for a year or two.

Some we sell. The reminder move to a larger pot. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Overall it’s not worth growing ourselves unless we do about 300 a year. So for fruit trees and selected ornamentals we buy them from wholesale nurseries, and resell them. Left over stock moves up a pot size.

Clientele

Our market is largely farm and acreage owners, with some city customers, and a few out of province clients. We have specialized in smaller trees. Seedlings have grown in popularity, possibly due to the economy, but I think mostly because more people are attempting bigger projects.

Current market niches

Typical Pine

Lodgepole Pine in our front yard.



Got something to say? Email me: sfinfo@sherwoods-forests.com

Want to talk right now? Talk to me: (8 am to 9 pm only, please) 1-780-848-2548


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Sherwood's Forests is located about 75 km southwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Please refer to the map on our Contact page for directions.