Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree… Ever wonder where your Christmas tree comes from? The Farm Report gets the scoop this week as Erin Fairbanks is on the line with Mary Jeanne Packer of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York talking all things evergreen. Founded in 1953, the mission of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York (CTFANY) is to empower members in the development of the real Christmas tree industry. Seeking to educate about the real tree industry and enable the public to purchase and enjoy the benefits of farm fresh and fragrant real Christmas trees and evergreen products, Mary Jeanne stresses the importance of protecting the environment with these trees as well as enhancing the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to New York’s economy.
“People still have it in their minds that it’s not good to be cutting tress. In fact, young trees like this are really where that oxygen benefit is coming from. A mature forest does not produce nearly that amount of oxygen because a mature forest is growing more slowly, so it’s fast-growing 6, 7, 8 year old trees that are making that oxygen.” [8:01]
–Mary Jeanne Packer on The Farm Report