Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Organic Christmas Trees

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us…

Does your retirement plan include acres of Christmas trees? Well, that’s exactly what OAN member Larry Arendt, owner of Arendt’s Christmas Tree Farm, decided to do with his property. And to differentiate himself from the many other U-Cut/We-Cut Christmas tree farms, he decided to leave his trees au naturel. I think I’m picky about my Christmas trees, but instead of tromping around to find one tree to satisfy my taste, at Arendt’s the hard part was choosing between so many beautiful unsheared trees. There’s grass between the trees to cut down on the mud and to attract beneficial insects. No spraying is done on the trees. The trees have lovely, open stiff branches, all the better to show off your collection of ornaments.

20757 Case Rd. NE, Aurora (4 miles west of exit 278 off I-5)
10,000 trees to choose from, from 4-ft. to 15-ft
Only $25
They cut or you cut (they provide the saw)
503/318-7977 (cell)

Christmas Tree industry facts:
  • In 2008, 7.34 million trees were sold in Oregon (a decline in sales is expected in 2009)
  • Oregon is the No. 1 producer of Christmas trees in the U.S.
  • It takes 5-10 years for trees to mature for sale
  • Christmas trees are a field crop, not unlike wheat or corn, and they are often grown in ground unsuitable for other types of crops
  • More than 700 growers are licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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