Like many other
started growing Christmas trees by accident! Jim has been planting
trees since he was about 10 years old. The initial Christmas tree
planting was done as reforestation of a hillside that was too steep to
farm. The popular tree for reforestation at the time was Scotch pine.
These trees were very fast growing and did not have high soil
requirements. Just after planting these trees, it became obvious (based
on earlier plantings by others throughout the province) that Scotch
pine was not a suitable tree for reforestation. The trees would never
make saw-log timber.
In order to salvage
from his work and to clear the way for native trees with a potential
future value, Jim decided to try and produce Christmas trees from the
After many years of
trimming, weeding, and spraying on the steep hillsides, the original
planting was successfully harvested as “Cut-Them-Yourself”
trees. The most significant part of this phase was that Jim found that
the growing of Christmas trees was “in his blood”
The planting was
this time it was on the level land to make things easier on Jim. The
varieties were expanded to give the customers better quality and
Over the years our
procedures, etc., have steadily improved so that today we are producing
several varieties of high quality trees to help add one of the
traditional highlights to the Christmas season. In this day, when
everything is changing so quickly, all bits-bytes & plastic, it
very important to keep some tradition in the season—something
that you can do yourself.
We are honoured and
we have been a tradition in many families for 30 years and hope to be a
tradition in even more families in the years ahead.