Todd and Fiona with the Christmas Tree

Todd and Fiona with the Christmas Tree

Fiona and Olivia Brushing

Fiona and Olivia Brushing

Yesterday the Adventure Team went brushing with Gram B and Grandpa John. If you’ve ever wondered where those beautiful, fresh balsam wreaths that L. L. Bean or your local boy scout troop sells, it begins with people like the locals here in Milbridge going out into the forest and breaking off the ends of fir branches, stacking them on “sticks” and taking them to the wreath makers. All of this is done by hand! And it’s called “brushing.” It’s just another creative way the folks Downeast make a living with the resources available to them.

About fifty years ago, Nicole’s grandfather purchased forest land on the Narraguagus River and built a camp. Over the next fifty years, he developed a portion of it into a Christmas tree farm. It was from this farm that we cut our Christmas tree this year. We also gathered brush for a local wreath maker, and we let a local boyscout troop cut some trees for a Christmas tree sale fundraiser. It was a good day.

Fiona and Olivia on the truck with the tree

Fiona and Olivia on the truck with the tree

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