Bill and Katie Domes with Tree, Bliss, NY

Bill and Katie Domes with Tree, Bliss, NY

According to National Ag Statistics Service, there are nearly 19,000 acres planted in Christmas trees in NYS – that’s about 19 million trees being grown today. One acre of real Christmas trees consumes about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide each year; and that same acreage produces about 1000 pounds of oxygen annually – the amount that 18 people need to breathe in a year. 

In 2012, about 275,000 trees where reported as harvested from NYS’s Christmas tree farms, making the industry an over $8 million crop annually. Growers purchase equipment and fertilizers from local suppliers, pay farm workers, and invest earnings in local banks. According to Farm Credit East each dollar received by a NYS specialty crop farmer has a ripple effect in the community resulting in an estimated total economic impact of about $14.7 million per year.

NYS ranks 4th in the US (behind Oregon, No. Carolina, and Penna.) in the number of Christmas tree farms – 875. This number has increased by nearly 4% over the last ten years. New York is one of only a handful of states in the nation in which there is a growing number of Christmas tree farms, almost all of which are family-owned, many by several generations. New growers are entering the industry utilizing abandoned hilly farm land with small field sizes that are well-suited to tree production but not much else.