Twenty-one scholars in Ian Milne's Academy of Construction and Design carpentry classes spent a cold but exciting day at Casey Trees Farm. The 730-acre farm enables Casey Trees to grow a variety of tree species using pioneering growing and irrigation methods. Casey Trees' staff and volunteers can then share smart growing practices with the people and organizations across DC who are planting trees. About 90% of the trees grown on the farm are eventually transplanted around the city.
IDEA scholars toured one of the nursery fields and learned about the trees growing there, observed operation of a machine that bundles a tree's root system into a burlap bag for transplanting, and helper run the sawmill to cut a walnut tree from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center campus into boards.
This experience gave the carpentry students a deeper understanding of the processes involved in urban forestry and helped prepare them to work with lumber that will be coming to IDEA from around the city to be dried in a new kiln.