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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Support a Local Tree Farm - Thursday Thinking Green

Every year for the last sixteen that we have been in Maine, we trudge through the snow in December at Holmes tree farm, searching for that perfect Christmas Tree. In my opinion, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a live, wonderfully fragrant Christmas tree in our home. But, you might ask, is cutting your own tree or purchasing a cut tree eco-friendly? According to Jeff Olson, the vice-president of marketing and development for American Forests, a Washington, D.C.-based conservation nonprofit, nearly all of the trees sold at Christmas-tree lots are grown on tree farms. So you can rest assured that forests aren't hurt by choosing a cut tree. So this year begin a special family tradition and support local agriculture by visiting a local tree farm for your Christmas Tree. You can find farms at localharvest.org. After the holidays, many towns offer to turn trees into compost or wood chips for free. Check the earth911.com website for a list of recycling centers near you. And have fun decking the halls of your home! Here we are below next to our tree at Holmes Tree Farm.

4 comments:

Gaston Studio said...

And what a beautiful tree that is!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

That is a wonderful photo. I hope you have it on your fridge or wall some place....I felt warm just looking at it!!!

No not the tree silly....LOL

Kelly

Scriptor Senex said...

We have got a tree from our garden this year - it's the second time I've taken the lead shoot from it. There's a great satisfaction in growing your own tree even if it's not as perfect as farm grown ones. This year's tree is nine foot and there's another leader which will be 'ripe' in about three years.

Holly said...

I'm glad you guys found the perfect tree! I've never had a real one before, but I do love the way they smell..