Coal Creek Farm is a learning lab. I’ve learned about native species; flora and fauna. I’ve learned about water resources. I’ve learned that there is a new species of grasshopper living there. And, I learned that helping the land recover from clear-cutting is essential to supporting all those other things. I didn’t want to wait decades for the clear-cut areas of the farm to heal itself. As an alternative, I chose fire. Ever since heavy machinery became an option, farmers deployed them to harvest, turn soil and even plant. As an alternative to knocking down the residuals of clear-cutting, I decided to burn it. What a process. I needed to understand it to deploy it. Here’s my story about getting Fired Up. I learned a lot about using controlled burns to foster native grass growth. BeginningFarmer published my story about it. Pretty cool. Read more here.