Our Story

Our History

Robin and her siblings as children in Appalachia.

Tree of the Field is the passion project of CEO Robin Richmond Mason, a native of Dalton, Georgia who has served as a professor in Kentucky’s colleges and universities for more than 30 years. For the last five years, Dr. Mason has researched tirelessly to identify and perfect the best uses of Kentucky grown kenaf. Kenaf is a cousin of cotton and okra that has been used for textiles since antiquity. It can be grown to maturity in a single growing season, right here in the heart of Kentucky. Dr. Mason's hard work led to the development of the Fiber Flame Fire fuel, a dispatch able green energy source that burns hotter, longer and cleaner than wood. 

Robin's family has been working in agriculture for years.

Now, on a daily operational basis, Tree of the Field is a rural, entrepreneurial agribusiness with associated stakeholders throughout several counties in Appalachia. Our family has worked in farming and textile production for generations. Our core value is to produce products that enrich our environment and the lives of our team members and customers. We make every effort to use renewable resources, locally sourced materials, environmentally responsible practices, and humane decisions. We believe in what we do, why we do it, and in each other. We set high standards for material, workmanship, and design. We embrace creativity and dignity in labor. 

On the farm.

Tree Of The Field has assembled a diverse stakeholder team that is willing to grow and learn while building a vision for regional economic development through product development and sales. At the stakeholder, advisory, and synergistic level, we are a cadre of entrepreneurs, academics, agricultural extension agents, business people, environmentalists, international economists, a green chemist, government leaders, a couple of industrialist, a coal miner who has become a mountain top removal site farmer, a lab owner, a harvesting company and a few young adults who are eager to follow a proactive vision.

Who are we? The real answer is that: We are Appalachians, following Providence, respecting our resplendent environment, and building our futures together. 

You can support Tree of the Field by buying our products here at our online store, or at any of the following retailers:

Local Locations:

  • The Berea Artisan Center, Berea, KY
  • The Berea College Farm Store, Berea, KY
  • Begley’s General Store, 23983 Hwy 421, Hyden, KY 41749
  • Whole Foods, Lexington, KY + select stores nationwide

Online Locations:

No. Our fiber fuel logs are made from an all natural fibrous crop grown right here in Kentucky. Because they are packed by hand they do not contain invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer.

Fatwood is wood from old pine stumps. It is made from splitting the stumps of pine trees that contain a high concentration of natural resin. As the stumpwood hardens over time, the resin or sap concentrates to create an all-natural, 100% organic, chemical-free fire starter. We include fatwood sticks in our patented Pit Kit for easier fire starting.