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Hello,

I would like to hire somebody for 1-2 days to guide me as we walk through my piece of raw land in Tennessee.

This property is in the Upper Cumberland Plateau of TN, in Jackson County (40 minutes north of Cookeville). It is on paved highway, about 8 acres of field and 10 acres in woods.

You would you need to help me walk throughout the property on a weekend in August to help me identify what is growing there. I know there are lots of weeds and wildflowers in the field, and a mix of low shrubs and trees in the woods. I would like help in identifying what is growing there, what is edible, what is toxic to humans/livestock, what has practical uses, how long it will take for some of the trees to mature, and perhaps make some recommendations on what to plant and/or remove.

I do not live in Tennessee and so would greatly appreciate someone who is highly familiar with the local flora. If this person enjoys pointing out what they see and sharing their knowledge, that would be more helpful than me constantly asking "what is this? what is that? how can I use it?"

I am a woman and will be escorted by at least one man.

Please reply with a list of your credentials including any related education you may have and/or related life experience in the area. ("I have lived in these parts for x years", "I have been foraging for y years", "I have a degree in botany" etc.) Please also include how much you'd like to be compensated for your time and expertise. I will provide you with at least one meal per day in addition to financial compensation.

Alternately, if you can recommend someone, I'd be highly appreciative.

THANKS!
 

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Thanks for the idea.

Will they focus only on what is bad for livestock only, or will they help inform me about what is on the property in general?

I basically am looking to learn about the potential of the flora there, and am looking for ideas to improve the soil, what's good for foraging (for humans), etc.
 

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Another thought is to contact the closest college. There are probably botany students who would kill to earn something for wandering in the woods.

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Thank you, everyone, for your excellent ideas. I will call the local college and request a guide there. I will also probably get those two field guides. I have reviewed field guides in the past and have been dissatisfied with the photos and descriptions, but I think that having a personal guide combined with a book or two at hand will allow me to retain more of the information than if I had just used one solution or the other.

Thanks!
 

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Hi, We live on the Cumberland Plateau (Overton County) and would recommend a wonderful book put out by the Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN that is specific for the Middle TN area. It has some shrubs and trees but is mostly wildflowers and is called Wildflowers of the Land Between the Lakes, KY and TN. I believe it was around $l0. The authors are E.W. Chester and W. H. Ellis. Mr. Chester was most helpful in identifying one tree that was new to me. Hope this helps you. Rita
 

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Rita said:
would recommend a wonderful book that is specific for the Middle TN area. It has some shrubs and trees but is mostly wildflowers and is called Wildflowers of the Land Between the Lakes, KY and TN.
Thanks, Rita, for this very local suggestion. It's these little publication gems that are hard to find on mega sites like Amazon. I have just ordered the guide.

Wendy
 

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If you're interested in what type herbs may be growing on the property, be sure to check out this website http://www.warnerherbs.com/ The store is located in Crossville, on the Cumberland Plateau.

Mr. Warner has a great book, Medicinal Plants of the Cumberland Plateau and Appalachian Mountains at http://www.warnerherbs.com/Videos.htm that may interest you as well.



Just a little more info for you too. The herb store of his is not far from the Cumberland General Store that carries a LOT of non-electric items and homesteading items. They also have a website at www.cumberlandgeneral.com
 

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When you are looking for a college you might try one that has a forestry department. I attended a local community college and have a degree in forestry,lots of students or even the professor would love to have a place to take students to identify plants/trees for dendrology class or forest and wildlife ecology and they may do it for free in exchange. good luck, wish I could come down. But I am also not familiar with your local and I am only learning what is edible and how to use them, Lyte
 

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I called a horticulture landscape professor at Tennesse Technical University and left a message, asking if he could recommend a student to me.

He passed my name and number along to the county Forrestry Department. I learned that the county will send someone out to my property to walk it with me for the afternoon to help me develop a property map, a stewardship plan, a farm plan, and a cost share plan--all for free!

What a great service! I just tell him/her my goals for the property (attract wildlife, produce timber, recreation, etc.) and s/he helps develop a planting plan to meet those goals.

Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions.

Wendy
 
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