Are you celebrating Arbor Day?

Earlier this week, people from all corners of the puerile world celebrated Earth Day. Today is another eco-friendly day. Yes, it is the last Friday in April and that means one thing: Arbor Day! Arbor Day’s mission is a simple yet ambitious one: to celebrate trees, particularly by planting and nurturing them. Founded in 1972… Read more »

The United Nations Forum on Forests: what we can do to help

At Cold Stream Farm, we recognize the importance of trees and forests, how they are necessary for our survival. After all, over 1.6 billion depend on forests for their livelihood. The United Nations is on board. The United Nations Forum on Forests recently concluded its tenth session, which is timely, considering we are losing forests… Read more »

Trees cool the fire in our heads

In the first stanza of Yeats’ “The Song of Wandering Aengus,” he writes, I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread; And when white moths were on the wing, And moth-like stars were flickering out,… Read more »

The battle between Michigan deer and cherry trees

It would be an understatement to say that cherries are important to Michigan culture and its economy. Traverse City, for example, prides itself on being the “Cherry Capital of the World.” Not only does it host the National Cherry Festival, the city makes the world’s largest cherry pie. Michigan, you can argue, is a cherry-producing… Read more »

Revitalizing Detroit Through Urban Reforestation

What is the quickest way to revitalize a dilapidated and beaten-down city? Start planting trees. This process is called urban reforestation. Urban reforestation is, simply, planting trees in urban environments for the purpose of city beautification and renewal, improving air quality or replacing urban trees that may have been destroyed by a natural disaster such… Read more »

The ash tree is in danger

At Cold Stream Farm, we believe in keeping trees healthy and strong. Unfortunately, there are many threats to trees. Have you heard of the emerald ash borer? Many describe it as a scourge. It is a green beetle native to Asia. It appeared in the United States sometime in the 1990s and is now present… Read more »

Where to Plant Trees to Save Energy

When planting trees, finding the right kind of tree and the right location for the tree is great for energy conservation. According to, “Planting Trees For Energy Conservation: The Right Tree in the Right Place” by Michael Kuhns, Extension Forestry Specialist with Utah State University, planting a tree can result in energy savings. Planted in… Read more »

Jersey, free trees and energy savings

Did you know that one of the many benefits of healthy trees is energy savings? Trees on the sides of a house will reduce the summer electric bill. Now imagine a street lined with trees. If each house reduces its electric bill, that is a nice chunk of savings for the electric company. Additionally, an… Read more »

In Japan, there is a war against pollen

Imagine a room full of people sneezing nonstop. Imagine looking into their eyes and seeing nothing but irritation. Now imagine an entire country of that… Although we specialize in bare root trees at Cold Stream Farm, we pay close attention to tree news from all over the world. Did you know that there is a… Read more »

Volunteers Strive to Help Michigan’s Tree Population

In today’s busy world, it is easy to forget about the living environment that we share with the rest of nature. There are many good reasons for wanting to have a large population of healthy trees around the planet, but action must be taken if trees are going to survive. One organization dedicated to tree… Read more »

Atlantic white cedar blues

At Cold Stream Farm, we consider planting trees to be one of our missions. One way we accomplish this is by selling bare root trees. We also do our best in supporting conservation efforts nationwide. To hear that a group of people is planting trees is music to our ears. One such effort is happening… Read more »

Colorado Ranger Plans to Save a Forest

People of Minnesota, Scott Snelson is coming your way. Here is his story: Located in northwest Colorado, the White River National Forest has been starting to suffer from the negative effects of climate change and human impact. However, one man who cares deeply about the forest took action. For several years, Scott Snelson has been… Read more »