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Brinkman Group and The Music Tree: The Music That Comes From the Trees

Jul
4
Jul
4

Childhood friends Aaron Ross and Levon Kendall formed their non-profit charitable organization, The Music Tree, to build an “inspirational organization working to foster musical and ecological growth in our communities.” The roots of The Music Tree’s vision run very deep in several ways with the Brinkman Group’s tree planting legacy.

Dirk's 2014 Greeting of Gratitude: Building an Ecological Civilization

Jan
23
Jan
23

By Dirk Brinkman, CEO and Co-Founder Brinkman Group

It is with great gratitude for the incredible individuals with which I am privileged to work, that I awoke into the first workday of 2014. By virtue of your incredible capacity, dedication, integrity and commitment, the Brinkman Group has lead local sustainable solutions over 40 some years.

A Smile is Greater than the Sum of its Teeth: Planting to Pay the Dentist

Jan
11
Jan
11

By Leah Scheitel

“Love is when you’re missing some of your teeth, but you’re not afraid to smile, because you know your friends will love you even though some of you is missing.” -Emma K. Age 6

 

Salute to Lisa Houle: A Forest Safety Ambassador

Jan
10
Jan
10

By Timo Scheiber

Many of Lisa’s positions with Brinkman were created just for her, to make sure we got the best from her considerable skills at any given time. So, as many of us have, she grew in her career with the company and took on new challenges and greater responsibility. 

Brinkman Art Cache: Seasonal Worker Equals Non-Starving Artist

Dec
29
Dec
29

By Baba Brinkman

The life of an aspiring artist requires a fine balancing act between dedication to honing a craft that doesn’t pay much just yet, and working a “day job” to pay bills in the meantime. If only you could dedicate all your time to music/painting/jewelry/writing, the promised land of financial self-sufficiency would come so much sooner! That’s why artists have always been attracted to the seasonal magic of tree planting.

The Four Seasons: Heroes, Rogues and Warriors

Dec
28
Dec
28

By Carly Vandergriendt

We tell ourselves that we will never do it again, then scurry back to the cities, like rabbits scurrying back to their burrows. Back to bikes, apartments, computers. For a few weeks we stay drunk on summer, gasping for the last breath of it like drowning swimmers.

I Wish I Was a Tunnel Bush: That Day at 100 Mile

Dec
24
Dec
24

By Ola Szczecinsk

One day was bad in particular. It began with the sun beating down on me, burning the back of my neck, top of my head and exposed forearms. The land was a giant slab of rock, into which I was forced to dig holes and plant, like in some cruel ancient Greek afterlife. There were also the tunnel bushes, as I called them, that covered seventy per cent of my piece: long giant things, seemingly from the Jurassic era, that snapped at me and whipped me in the face, smacked me in my thighs and threatened to gouge my eyes out, as I struggled to plant in the rock from which they miraculously grew. 

Longest Bag-up: We are Wild Things

Dec
22
Dec
22

By Jean-Francios Garrity

On cut blocks, out numbering our expectations, we are wild things, howling at the moon, we are trees, deeply rooted in rich soil

Freaks of Nature: A Greener's Journey to the Edge and Beyond

Dec
21
Dec
21

By Lisa Ewasko

There is something inexplicably regal about standing amongst the line of leftover giants on the top of the hills of a cut block, like the alleys of trees that line the roads to Versailles. A line of freaks that for whatever reason are still standing.

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