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.