This is our first year of farming. As Christmas tree farmers, we don’t grow the typical crops. Our average crop takes about 7 years to mature, and our harvest takes place during the months of November and December.
Though we grow an unusual plant, it still takes the same basic requirements of the farmers we are most familiar with. Planting takes place in the spring, and the summer months are busy with insect, fungus and weed control. We watch the weather, praying for fair days with an occasional soaking shower, and get a bit nervous during the tornado season.
Thanks to the folks who prefer real Christmas trees over the artificial options, we contribute to a wonderful habitat for local songbirds, shelter and food for small animals, and an abundance of oxygen producing evergreens for all air breathing critters and people.
We haven’t experienced our own harvest yet, but the growing season has been a great learning experience for the whole family. It’s been an ideal year so far, and we are in the middle of prepping for our opening day on November 24th.
Here on the tree farm, work is winding down. Mowing is almost over, and the trees are all trimmed up into Christmas tree shapes.
September is well underway, a new school year has begun again, and it’s sweatshirt weather… at least when you first step foot out in the morning.
This is the perfect time for field trips, and we have a few planned already! A Beekeeping class is scheduled later this month for a homeschool group, and we plan to open one up for the public soon, as well. Also, a boy scout troop is planning an outing for tree identification. What better place than a tree farm?
Another class I will be opening up for scheduling soon is our popular wreath making class. After November first, we begin harvesting greens for wreath making. We have classes available for groups of 6-8 ladies, or guys if they would like to join in. I plan on having a reserve list for folks who would like to participate, but don’t want to get a bunch of friends together. That way if there’s a cancellation in a group, there are backup participants ready to keep the class size up. Message me on our Facebook page if you want to get in on the list!
Also, contact us if you have need of a good field trip destination. We are flexible and can accommodate most nature subjects and grade levels.