A forest should support the local community with building materials, many other products, a regular income, and good jobs. This is kind of an old fashioned idea that has been lost the past 200 years due to global industrialization. The industrial timber market with low commodity log prices continues to consume the remaining good timber on the planet, with few benefits to the local community, despite all the talk about sustainability and certification.
But every person who cares about the planet would agree that the forest should support the local community.
Spring Green Timber Growers has built a new high value market for the wood we harvest each year from our small family farm, creating new jobs from dead trees. We control the whole process from growing, harvesting, sawmilling, solar kiln drying, manufacturing, and direct marketing to customers. By eliminating all the middlemen, using the smallest amount of energy, and minimizing shipping, we earn retail prices for our timber – about 100 times the income earned by other landowners.
Wood is easy to grow and harvest and manufacture on a small scale. Wood products have a high value in the retail market. Wood is the perfect fuel for small business in the local community. Everyone uses wood everywhere – everyday – so these ideas are universal.
SGTG is developing a global wood marketing system to connect local wood growers direct with customers. First priority is to use what people have to meet the local needs of the community, then export their extra wood to population centers that need wood products.
Local Needs – Training and coaching can quickly get a small woodshop in operation.
Global Marketing – a new website will link the grower with customers anywhere in the world. Simple shipping of small packages to container loads is ongoing every day now. Credit card payments online make payments easily. Instant communication and global travel now connect people everywhere.
The “American Dream” has gone global. Anyone, Anywhere can run a small business to sell something that they make. The only limitation is the imagination.