Organic Christmas trees are still rare
The good news is that although organic Christmas trees are still something of a rarity, they are becoming less so, and they are available in many states across the country.
A very small fraction of the total market
At present, organic Christmas trees make up a very small fraction of the total Christmas tree market, less than 1 percent as of 2011. However, they are growing in popularity, as public awareness of the need for sustainable change is stimulating a shift toward greener consumption.
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Thanks to this increased demand, the market is burgeoning, with growers adding acreage to keep up. Organic Christmas trees are grown in keeping with the same U.S. Department of Agriculture | Learn more on Commonshare | (USDA) standards | Learn more on Commonshare | as any other organic crop, and they are grown on farms in many states all over the nation.
The state of New Jersey and the organic Christmas tree market
The state of New Jersey is one state in which the organic Christmas tree market has been growing in recent years. This is perhaps small wonder, given that there is already a lively Christmas tree sector thriving in the state, with a great many farms to choose from.
Organic certification in New Jersey is handled by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (1) | #NewJerseyDepartment |, which administers the National Organic Program in the state. The Department ensures compliance with the relevant standards for Certified Organic farms, including Christmas tree growers.
2 organic Christmas tree growers
The Hidden Pond Christmas Tree Farm
One organic grower is Hidden Pond Christmas Tree Farm (2) | #ChristmasTreeFarm |, which prides itself on sustainable organic farming practices. A small family farm, Hidden Pond offers pre-cut Fraser and Douglas Firs. Their growing operations are in Pennsylvania, but their lot is located in Mendham, New Jersey, west of Manhattan.
The Bear Swamp Farm
Another organic grower is Bear Swamp Farm, also a family-owned Christmas tree farm, located in West Milford. Bear Swamp offers Douglas Fir, White Pine, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Norway Spruce, and Balsam Fir, and customers can either choose their own and cut it from the field or purchase one that has been cut.
The impact of non-certified organic pesticides
For people who buy organic Christmas trees, the advantages are much the same as with buying organic produce: buying the trees alleviates their concerns about the impact of non-certified-organic pesticides on the environment and on their own health. For advocates of organic Christmas trees, buying organic is part of their own effort to limit exposure to substances which they fear could contribute to cancer, hormonal disruption, neurotoxicity, and other things.
With the organic market burgeoning in New Jersey and elsewhere, organic enthusiasts will have plenty of options to choose from this holiday season. New Jersey farms in particular are well-situated to serve not only the state’s own dense population, but also that of nearby New York.
With help from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the state’s organic growers are ensuring another crop of organic trees to keep the holidays festive and bright.
New Jersey Department of Agriculture website | https://nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/md/prog/jerseyorganic.html |
Hidden Pond Christmas Tree Farm website | http://www.hiddenpondtreefarm.com/our-trees/ |