Local businesses Ideal Landscape Maintenance & Construction, Inc., Alden Research Laboratories, Elliot Tree of Holden, and Parker Power Equipment have dedicated over 200 hours of combined labor to support Dismas Farm in Oakham, Massachusetts this winter.
Dismas House, a supportive community that provides transitional housing and services to former prisoners, sustains itself through grants, donations and revenues from farm production and wood craft sales.
Christopher King, Holdenite and owner of Ideal Landscape Maintenance & Construction, got involved with Dismas House through the First Congregational Church in Holden. King hoped that by providing the farm with wood, the cost savings could be used for other needs at the farm.
“This particular effort began over this past summer of 2017,” said King. “ I have always believed that money saved is money earned. The farm uses a few cords of firewood every year to heat the greenhouses and wood shop.”
King reached out to other area businesses he thought might be able to help. The stage and delivery area for bulk logs and processing donated wood was held on Alden Research Laboratories space, Elliot Tree donated log loads, and Parker Equipment provided saw blade sharpening.
The first load of logs was processed over the late summer and fall and totaled 5 to 6 cords of wood that King hoped the farm could use to keep warm for the first half of the winter. The second load of logs included processing 8 cords of wood.
“Without the donation of wood, none of this is possible,” said King. “Without a place to stage the work, none of this is possible. Men from the farm have been very involved in the processing of the wood. They are cutting all the wood with saws provided by Ideal Landscape Maintenance & Construction and Ideal is also hauling all the cut wood to the farm in Oakham. The men at the farm are splitting all the wood at that facility for final use.”
To learn more about Dismas House, go to www.Dismasisfamily.org.