Local Christmas Tree Farms Survive Drought

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

Christmas trees are synonymous with the holidays.

Local tree farmers are aggressively promoting the use of live trees, trying to capitalize on what could be a disastrous harvest season.

“It's tough on our farmers but it's tough on our Christmas tree farmers. It really is,” said Mary Johnson, Owner of Back Home Tree Farm in Cottonwood.

Although business has been steady the last few weeks, Johnson says it's off track from past years.

“We're just going with the flow. That's all we can do. The 2 weeks that the temperature was up around 100 we just watched our little trees die. It was terrible,” said Johnson.

This is a daily reminder of the drought.
Johnson says, nearly a third of her crop was lost.

“We're going to have to replant.”

It takes between 3 and 4 years to grow a mid-size Christmas tree.

Any time a business loses money, it's a bad thing, but that's not the only thing the Johnson's are after.

“That's what we enjoy. We love to see families come out with their kids and start a family tradition.”

Families can pick out a tree, cut it down, and bag it. She says kids love that part.

“It's a lovely thing to watch and that's why we do it. We just love it.”

The Johnson's recently set up a Facebook page to get more people to buy live trees.

“Just the aroma, when you walk in your house and you smell that, it's Christmas.”

Now the "Back Home Tree Farm" isn't the only place you can find a Christmas tree in the area.

Other tree farms include:
Promised Land in Cottonwood (334) 677-3365,
Stinson Christmas Tree Farm in Coffee County (334) 897-5515 and Back Home Tree Farm (334) 691-2980.


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