OUR NATURAL GROWING PRACTICES
Starting in 2017, we began transitioning the farm to organic production We use NOFA-VT approved organic fertilizer and no herbicides. We utilize a mower with a swing-arm attachment to control weeds between the trees and down the rows. In the spring of 2018, we will begin using an innovative vineyard cultivator to further control weeds without the use of chemicals. All of our trees are hand-sheared to create a natural shape. We are excited to offer these beautiful "Naturally Grown" trees to our customers this season and into the future.
FRASER FIR TREES
The Fraser Fir Tree was named for the late Scottish botanist, John Fraser (1750-1811) who explored and traveled throughout the southern Appalachian Mountains in the 1700's. Fraser found these remarkable trees throughout his travels and commented on their strong, tiny needles and amazing fragrance. Their fast growth and strong branches that typically reach upward give them a compact form, with hardly any "holes" in between branches and needles. This combined with their fantastic fragrance, strong limbs and ability to retain their needles after being cut, with proper watering, are the main reason why the Fraser Fir Tree has long been used as a Christmas Tree. In fact, the Fraser Fir Tree has been used more times as the White House Blue Room Christmas Tree (considered the Official White House Christmas Tree of the President of the United States) than any other type of Christmas Tree species!
PROPER TREE CARE
It is not hard to Keep Christmas Trees Fresh, just like they were when they were cut, if you follow a few instructions. Once you are home you will want to get the Christmas Tree in water as soon as possible. You may want to remove a 1/2 inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk to enable the tree to sit properly in water in the stand. Make sure that the tree's base where it has been freshly cut does not get dirty or bruised. If you cannot put your Fraser Fir Tree in water in a proper stand the day it is cut, simply put the tree's base in a bucket of water and keep it stored in a cool location. As a rule, Christmas Tree Stands should provide approximately 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter (how large the trunk is around). Once it is set up in a stand, check the stand each day to make sure that the level of water never goes below the base of the tree. Your tree should stay fresh and last you well through your holiday celebrations and beyond...