December 11, 2016
As a Fair Farms consumer, you probably do a great job shopping at farmers markets and supporting visionary farmers in your area. But, what about your Christmas tree? We’ve come up with a few pointers for finding a sustainably grown tree.
First, say no to a plastic tree. Plastic or other artificial trees will likely end up in a landfill. Nature is great in that real trees are biodegradable and break down easily. Trees can be composted or turned into mulch. Locally-grown Christmas trees can also help reduce runoff and prevent erosion—helping to protect nearby waterways.
Say no to trees grown using pesticides and herbicides. These trees will be living in your home for some time, so it is important that they are grown without harmful chemicals.
Our Fair Farms partner, Licking Creek Bend Farm has been growing trees sustainably since 1972. They have about eight acres of marginal land, where Christmas trees have turned out to be a viable, earth-conscious choice. They grow trees without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or artificial colorants. Customers are encouraged to take a trip to the farm in the spring to plant new trees.
Last tip: skip the baling plastic! Baling plastic is not recyclable, and can end up in a landfill. An easy solution to having the Christmas tree vendor encase your new tree in baling net is to bring your own twine. (However, if you end up using baling net against your will, duct tape it together before throwing it away to protect wildlife that may otherwise end up getting entangled.)
May this holiday season be full of good cheer and wholesome, healthy, homegrown foods and decorations!