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Meet the Christmas Tree Farmers Keeping the Spirit of Christmas Alive

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and president of the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association. “There is no rest of the year; it never stops.”As soon as the ground thaws in spring, seedlings go in the ground by the thousand.

Geographic location, soil and weather conditions and what customers want determine the crops growers plant. Increasingly, the effects of climate change affect their calculations; more extreme conditions make crop choice a moving target.

Throughout the spring and summer, farmers then plant cover crops, spray for pests and fertilize. Come high summer, around July, farmers are in the fields pruning trees by hand to shape the conifers into the perfect Christmas-tree form.

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