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O’ Christmas Tree

November 30, 2009

As I mentioned yesterday, we stopped by Bob’s Tree Farm in Galway to cut down a fresh tree for Christmas this year!  Just like supporting our “eat local” farms, we wanted to support a local tree farm (there are tons around here).  Terri at Farm Life had a post the other day about local tree farms, so we picked one that was discussed from there.

I don’t feel bad about cutting down trees at tree farms, because they are planted just like a regular crop at a regular farm – it’s just that they are “harvested” every year around Christmas time.  In fact, Terri addressed 3 myths about artificial trees on her blog that she got from the National Christmas Tree Association:

MYTH #1:  Real Christmas Trees are cut down from forests.
:  Only a tiny percentage of trees come from forests.  Most come from a farm where growers plant one to three seedlings for each tree harvested.

MYTH #2: You save a tree by using an artificial tree
Trees are a crop.  They’re planted by farmers to be used specifically as Christmas trees.  Artificial trees come in a cardboard box.  Does that save a tree?

MYTH #3: It’s better to use an artificial tree because you can reuse it each year.
Research shows that most artificial trees are only used six to nine years before they end up in a landfill.  Real trees are biodegradable and recyclable.  They can be used for mulch and erosion control.

Bob’s Trees is a pretty cool place.

It was established in 1949 and has over 30 miles of trails, so how many acres does that translate to?

We started off looking at some Douglas firs…

…but headed off into the Fraser fir section.  Their needles are short and stubbly and pretty cool:

K wanted to find the perfect tree and took off through field after field to find it.

Even some fallow ones.

While we walked along, we saw there was a small airstrip right next to the section we were walking through.

And all of sudden, something appeared in the sky.

Was that about to go right over us?

Yes, yes it was.  My camera lens doesn’t capture how close this plane was.

It landed right there. Pretty cool.  But K and I had just found our tree.

It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t a Charlie Brown tree either. K got took work chopping it down and we dragged it off to get baled.

We set it up in the tree stand to let it suck down some water, but haven’t decorated it yet.  The living room smells so woodsy though! Can’t wait to get some time to string lights and decorate now!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2009 11:50 pm

    I am back in Oregon right now visiting my family and it’s so nice to be able to see the x-mas tree fields and watch people get their own. It’s such a cool and fun tradition. It just isn’t possible in Australia where I normally live. I love little hits of memories..and x-mas trees is one of them.

  2. December 1, 2009 12:50 am

    I think that would be so fun to go to a Christmas tree farm :)

    We have an artificial tree, so I think the best ‘green’ choice for us is to continue to use what we have.

    That is a great point though that trees are crops!

  3. December 1, 2009 12:00 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! :)

    You’ll have to post more pics when you get it all decorated.

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    December 1, 2009 3:23 pm

    Fraser firs are my absolute fave! You’re so lucky that your Xmas tree farm actually grows them Tragically the Fraser’s for sale at the tree farm we’re hitting up this week are shipped in (heck it was that way @ the farm I grew up going to)…hmm do we cut our own or go with my fave? Choices choices.

  5. December 1, 2009 7:08 pm

    I love the smell of trees. And thanks for those myths. I think it’s better to think about them as crop because they aren’t planted to be forests.


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