Trying to make good environmental decisions

In a business that celebrates the future we try - whenever possible - to leave the smallest footprint we can. This year we are refinishing all of our classic folding wooden chairs versus buying new ones (we hope you like how they look below - we do!).  We are now confirmed to plant 1000 pine trees and 1000 cedar trees in areas of our farm identified (by us) as the best possible areas to reforest (2020 update they are doing well!).  Its a 2 acre area near our farm pond plus our 2017 planting of 4.5 acres we are making progress!  We also realized it was time to replace our natural gas furnance in the Inn.  Rather than burn more natural gas we opted for what has worked so well for us in the Studio (one of our prep areas) - we installed 9 heat exchange systems throughout the Inn.  Definitely a more expensive option it will shrank our farm's carbon footprint.  Along with efforts to reforest our farm to increasingly offset our carbon footprint our Inn produces far fewer greenhouse gases when either heating or cooling than it used to. 

We would like to think we are in a business with some empathy and action toward a cleaner future...hoping you agree.


Mark and Lynne and our family 

2018 environmental plans

We have most often used our Instagram account fieldsonwestlake_pec to keep visitors up to date with things here on the farm.  I thought we might use our blog though to annouce our tree planting goals for 2018 (2020 update the little guys are doing well). We will be planting 2000 trees drawing on the resources of the 50 Million Tree Program around our farm pond.  The 15 year partnership will see us spending some time each year tending to the trees until they are able to manage their own affairs (competing with grasses and weeds).  We remain committed to a green future on our farm with a hectare of trees. 

2016 first entry - Amongst the Pines

Simply racing through 2016 its hard to believe its late January already.  Lynne has had a number of planning meetings with 2016 clients already but if you have yet to meet with her - no worries there is still lots of time.  In the next few entries I hope to offer some ideas from our 2015 weddings - table layouts, wedding ceremony site decoration, flowers and more...such as photos of the illusive Amongst the Pines as seen when you read on.

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