Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE99-289.
Findings: One person cannot adequately serve four acres with only manual tools. Even if someone is pretty good with plants, this does not guarantee that they will succeed with trees.
Accomplishments: Kept some of the trees alive. Discovered previously unknown personal limitations (opportunities for educational growth– before I spend any more money on trees I will hire a tree specialist or become one).
Unexpected results: Surprised and dismayed by the lack of support and assistance from Cooperative Extension and NOFA-NY. Tree supplier was located in Maine; I still think they should have known better than to deliver trees while snow was still two feet deep.