Real, local trees are always in season.
This holiday season, HRN is teaming up with the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York. Trees grown in NYS and around the country can transform the landscape and the livelihoods of family farmers.
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We want to share three reasons why buying a real, local tree this year makes a big impact.
1. Christmas tree farms capture carbon and make oxygen
One acre of real Christmas trees consumes about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide, and produces 1000 pounds of oxygen annually. That’s the same amount that 18 people need to breathe in a year.
2. Local tree farmers grow in every region of the U.S.
To ensure you’re buying a fresh tree and supporting local growers, always ask your Christmas tree retailer, “how far has this tree traveled to get to me?” or search for local farms near you.
3. Buying a local tree supports and sustains local economies
Based on tree sales alone, in New York State Christmas trees are about an $8 million industry. But NYS tree farmers hire workers from nearby, buy fertilizer and tractor supplies locally, and invest in regional banks, which nearly doubles the impact of sales to $15 million yearly.
When you consider all of that, buying your tree from a local farmer has an enormous impact conserving farmland, farmers’ livelihoods and our environment.
Want to learn more? See our post 10 Surprising Facts About Christmas Trees or listen to the episodes below.
Tag @nychristmastreefarmers and use the hashtag #realNYtrees on instagram.
Want your Christmas tree or holiday wreath to stay green? Keep it outside! A cut tree will last until St. Patrick’s day if kept cold. Even if you’re not all that interested in trimming your tree with shamrocks, temperature is still important. Jim VanHouten, of Van Houten Nursery and Farm, in Orangeburg, New York, talks tree tips with Erin Fairbanks on Episode 268 of The Farm Report. To keep your evergreen its greenest throughout the holiday season, Jim says to select a tree cut later in the season, preferably after a frost or two, so that the needles will set.
Every year around Christmastime, thousands of people opt for artificial Christmas trees for their homes, citing the trees’ re-usability as environmentally friendly. But Mary Jeanne Packer of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York tells Erin Fairbanks why a real tree is actually better for the earth, and for people. Listen to the full episode here.