Employee Soup Challenge

Feb 17 by in General tagged , with 2 comments

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Fifteen Arbor Day Foundation employees brought their bubbling, steaming crock pots into work today for the 2011 Arbor Day Foundation Employee Soup Challenge. The culinary creations ranged from chicken and beef to veggie and mushroom, and all employees were encouraged to participate – either by entering a soup or by tasting and voting for their top three favorites.   

And the winner is…  

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Winter Maintenance in the Apple Orchard

Jan 27 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples, Trees tagged , , , , , , , with 4 comments

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Apple orchards are popular places at two distinct times of the year – during the spring bloom, when branches are covered in pink and white flowers, and in the fall, when crisp, juicy apples are ready for harvest. Most people don’t realize it, but wintertime in an orchard is important, too. Attention to detail in the off-season makes both the bloom and the harvest better.

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Roaming the Trails at Night

Jan 04 by in Animals, Arbor Day, General, Nature tagged , , , with 3 comments

If you’ve visited Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City recently, you know it’s not uncommon to see animals roaming the trails in broad daylight — herds of deer, wild turkey, maybe a mink, or a fox — but our Arbor Day Farm Tree Cam has captured living proof of animals on the prowl in the night.

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Fall Foliage Tour at Arbor Day Farm

Oct 27 by in Fall Foliage, General, Leaves, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , , with 2 comments

Ginkgo trees in fall color, Arbor Day Farm

So we’ve shared on this blog before some of the inherent perks of working at Arbor Day Farm, but during the fall time of year, as our workplace is surrounded by trees with leaves in every color, it’s hands-down gorgeous. 

Caramel Apples at Arbor Day Farm

Oct 13 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , with no comments

Caramel apples are one of the fall season’s finest treats! Here at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, we hand-dip more than 16,000 caramel apples for our guests and visitors during the busy fall season. This short video shows you step by step how we make them.

But the question remains… nuts or no nuts?

Apple Harvest at Arbor Day Farm: A Preview

Aug 31 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples, Trees tagged , , , with 6 comments

Here in the orchards at Arbor Day Farm, September signals the true start of the apple picking season. A few early varieties (like Paulared) were ready by late summer, but September is when a majority of apples really turn the corner from almost ready to primetime for picking.

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Bring Your Kids to Work Day — Arbor Day Farm Edition

Aug 18 by in Arbor Day, General, Nature, Orchards & Apples tagged , , with no comments

Paige talks about her experience at "Bring Your Kids to Work" Day at Arbor Day FarmYesterday was our very first Bring Your Kids to Work Day here at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm. Twenty-four wide-eyed youngsters came to work with their parent and got an up-close and personal look at a day in the work life of mom or dad.

It rained on us a bit, but that didn’t put a damper on the fun. And let’s face it — Arbor Day Farm is the complete opposite of most people’s work environment, with all that green space and fresh air, and all those trees…

We put together this short video highlighting Bring Your Kids to Work Day 2010; kids say it best, don’t they? Enjoy.

Watch the Video — “Bring Your Kids to Work” Day, Arbor Day Farm Edition

A Tree House Proposal

Aug 03 by in Engagement Proposals, Nature, Tree House, Trees, Weddings tagged , , , with 6 comments

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It all started on a cold winter day in December with a little movie called “Swiss Family Robinson.”  This 1960 Disney Classic would spawn my ingenious idea that would later unfold at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, NE.  As I sat on the couch with my girlfriend Melanie that day, I was informed multiple times how amazing the tree house in the movie was.  Being an interior designer, Melanie deeply admired the craftsmanship of that tree house, noting the clever design by the Robinson family.  She pointed out the awesomeness of it every chance she could.  By the end of the movie, I had no doubt that she genuinely wished she could live in a tree house.  As the credits rolled, I had my “Ah-hah!” moment.  That was it.  The engagement idea I had been searching for. 

I knew then and there that I had to propose in a tree house.

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The Greenhouse Report: Meet the Staff

Jul 13 by in General, Greenhouse, Hazelnuts, Trees tagged , , , with 3 comments

Plant Trees - Arbor Day FoundationIt takes a dedicated team to grow hundreds of thousands of tree seedlings every year, as we do here in the greenhouse operations at Arbor Day Farm.  

Granted, we’re a small team of just three individuals, but it’s inspiring to think about the future forests that literally pass right through our hands every season.  It’s rewarding work.  We share ideas, we listen to one another, we solve new challenges, and everyone’s opinion is regarded  in the decision making process. This team approach is ingrained in the culture of our unique nursery setting.   

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It’s More Than a Tree House…

Jun 25 by in General, Tree House tagged , , with no comments

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For many children, a backyard tree house is a place where imaginations run wild, where top secrets are shared, and where summer days seemingly last forever.

For Stross Newcom — who was born without the capacity to walk — a custom-built tree house remains the centerpiece of memories that last a lifetime.

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