Tis the season for Christmas Trees. In fact, nearly 33 million live or cut Christmas Trees are sold in North America every year. North Carolina, ranked #2 in the nation, is responsible for more than 19% of that total. With 1300 growers in our state whose marketing ranges anywhere from a few dozen each year to thousands, it adds yet another amazing facet to the states diverse agriculture. Unfortunately, Clay County is no longer a part of that figure. The small handful of Christmas tree farms that were once in our county are no more, however, there have been several who have shown interest in growing trees here again.
Clay County Extension will be hosting a Christmas Tree Production program on Thursday, December 15, 1:00-5:00 at the Extension Office. Christmas Tree Specialist, Jeff Owen will be conducting the program and speaking on production methods, variety selection, marketing as well as agritourism opportunities associated with growing Christmas Trees.
With most all of the county’s trees now having to be shipped into the county, this could provide a potential opportunity for marketing trees locally. However, it’s not an overnight crop and will require planning and strategy. This program is intended to be a guide for individuals who are interested in such a venture as well as to update current growers in neighboring counties on the latest information in Christmas Tree production and marketing.
For more information or to register for the program, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 389-6305. There is no cost associated with the program, however we do ask that you register so that we can provide sufficient materials for all participants.