DELAWARE — For those who are interested in learning about growing Christmas trees there will be a program sponsored by the Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OCTA) on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will feature information on how to get started, a budget outlining what is involved financially and a tour of Cackler Family Farms, a 20,000-tree cut-your-own tree farm 30 miles north of Columbus.
In a trend during the last several years of increasing annual business, Ohio’s tree farmers saw an increase in sales of up to 20% in 2017 during prior years. The wreath and greenery business has been increasing also.
Christmas tree production offers several advantages, said Bill Cackler, farm owner.
“In addition to increased demand, more landowners are finding Christmas tree production is great way to have extra income from their land and they can qualify for agricultural tax breaks through CAUV,” Cackler said. “And those who own land adjacent to metropolitan areas have an advantage in this business. Another advantage about the Christmas tree business is that the whole family can be involved and, with Christmas trees, you are a price setter not a price taker.”
Cackler said the most labor intensive times of the year include planting in April and early May, shearing (pruning) of the trees from mid-June through August and tree harvest in late November and December.
Pre-registration for the Dec. 29 program is needed by Dec. 3, 2018. Upon receipt of pre-registration, the New Growers Christmas Tree Manual will be sent to be reviewed prior to the event. To register for this Christmas tree learning opportunity, please mail registration fee of $20 per farm along with the name(s) of who will be attending and contact information to Ohio Christmas Tree Association, 6870 Licking Valley Rd., Frazeysburg, OH 43822.