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Farm Photos
Enjoy The Experience!

Photos from ...
Paul Bunyan's Farm, Chicopee Coward Farm, Southwick Cranston's Tree Farm, Ashfield
Davagian Tree Farm, Sutton Deerfield Tree Farm, Millis Evergreen Farm, Sterling Herrick Tree Farm, Boxford
D. J. Hussey Farm, Townsend Indian Rock Farm, Foxboro MerriHill Tree Farm, Merrimac
Mistletoe Acres Tree Farm LLC, East Bridgewater Silver Bell Farm, Monson
Vandervalk Family Tree Farm, Mendon Wolfie's Tree Farm, Ashfield

Real Christmas Trees:  The Environbmental Choice!

Photos from ...
Paul Bunyan's Farm, Chicopee Chestnut Mountain Farm, Hatfield Cranston's Tree Farm, Ashfield Evergreen Farm, Sterling
Indian Rock Farm, Foxboro Kip's Christmas Tree Farm, New Braintree Merrihill Tree Farm, Merrimac
Mistletoe Christmas Tree Farm, Stow Pacing Pine Farm, Shirley Seekonk Tree Farm, Great Barrington

Grower Photos

Photos from ...
Paul Bunyan's Farm, Chicopee Coward Farm, Southwick Crane Hill Tree Farm, Washington Crane Neck Tree Farm, West Newbury
Cranston's Tree Farm, Ashfield Davagian Tree Farm, Sutton Hansen's Tree Farm, Haverhill D. J. Hussey Farm, Townsend
Ioka Valley Farm, Hancock Itty Bitty Farm, Windsor Ket-Tree Farms, Monson Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, Boston
Merrihill Tree Farm, Merrimac Mistletoe Acres Tree Farm, LLC. East Bridgewater Morse Tree Farm, Southbridge
Pierce's Tree Farm, Lunenburg   Radebaugh's Christmas Tree Farm, Belchertown
Riverwind Tree Farm, Lancaster Turkey Hill Farm, Haverhill

Growing Christmas trees is a year-round business. These photos give the viewer
a glimpse into some of the yearly activities of the Christmas tree grower.


Whether these 5-year-old Christmas tree transplants are bare root
or grown in pots, they are planted in the main fields either mechanically or by hand.
It will take them another 7 years to become a 7- foot Christmas tree.



To keep competing vegetation down and to allow for optimum tree growth,
growers mow in between the rows of trees from mid-spring through fall.



Every year after a tree reaches three to four feet in height, it is given a "haircut."
It is trimmed with a sharp knife, hedge shears, mechanical machine,
pole trimmer, or pruning shears,



Experts in Christmas tree culture and diseases speak to MCTA members
at Association twilight meetings and annual meetings.



MCTA members participate in Christmas tree fair contests.



In the fall, a wholesale Christmas tree grower will select and grade the number
of trees he has for sale. Then in mid to late November, the harvest season begins
for both the retail and wholesale grower.



During the Christmas tree season, many growers provide carts, tarps, or wagons
to carry the tree. Many also provide customer baling and shaking services.



To "kick Off" the Christmas tree selling season, the Commissioner of Agriculture
cuts down a ceremonial Christmas tree at one of our farms on the Friday
after Thanksgiving. The Governor issues a proclamation that this day
be called Green Friday in honor of real Christmas trees.


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