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Twilight Meetings

  • Wed., June 14, 2017  5:30 P.M.
    Glen Gary Christmas Tree Farm
    539 Shoemaker Lane
    Agawam, MA
    (413) 786-1558
    Hosted by the Fearn Family

    Glen Gary Christmas Tree Farm, a family owned and operated business, sits on roughly 38 acres in Agawam. Tree varieties include Balsam, Canaan and Concolor Fir, White Pine, Blue Spruce and Serbian Spruce. The farm offers trailer rides to the fields and pictures in a handmade sleigh with Santa and his reindeer in the background, and free hot cocoa, cider, and cookies.

    Alexander Fearn purchased the farm in the early 1950's for his four sons to enjoy and to allow them to pursue involvement with 4-H and FFA. They raised livestock and corn to feed the animals. The farm was passed down to Robert Fearn and, with his brother Bill's help, they started a Christmas tree operation in 1985. At first, seedlings were planted by hand over two consecutive weekends; after several years an ice auger was used to cut down on the hours spent planting. After a few more years, they purchased a Kelco tree planter, and 3,000 trees were planted in just one day.

    As the farm continued to grow in the early 1990's, a gift store was added in a new addition to the existing barn.  The farm also offers potted trees, free baling and twine, wreaths, roping, ornaments and centerpieces.

    Please plan to join your fellow Christmas tree growers for the evening. There will be a light meal at 5:30 PM and field tour from 6:00 PM to dusk.
     
  • Sat., July 22, 2017  9:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
    Davagian Tree Farm
    Sutton, MA
    "Growers' Gathering" hosted by Greg and Jan Davagian

    For some time now, the Davagians have wanted to host a meeting where growers can informally gather and share their accumulated knowledge about growing Christmas trees. At a recent Board of Directors meeting they presented this idea and chose a Saturday date to allow more time for discussion and sharing of ideas.

    This first "Growers' Gathering" will not be a formal program... it's a chance for everyone to give and receive information, and to share and discuss ideas and methods. By holding it in July as opposed to June, there will be trees to shear – a great topic to start with. If you would like to demonstrate your method, bring your preferred tools and the Davagians will provide the trees! Dave Radebaugh will give a lesson on how to calibrate a backpack sprayer. Any other topics of interest can be brought up and discussed, such as planting, fertilizing and insect control. Bring your questions, thoughts, problems, and solutions that have worked for you.

    Casey Vandervalk had the idea of adding a Tree Growers Flea Market to the day's activities, so bring tools and equipment (photos if the item is too large to easily transport) that you no longer use – you never know, someone else just might have a use for it.

    Coffee and goodies will be provided in the morning, and there will be lunch available at the close of the gathering.

Annual Meeting

  • Sat., August 26, 2017  9:00 A.M.
    Mistletoe Acres Tree Farm, LLC, East Bridgewater
    Hosted by Matt and Megan Krugger

    Check back for more information later.

 

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