After years of struggle, Christmas tree growers see light on horizon

By Aaron Beswick
The Chronicle Herald
October 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

…About 1,200 farmers cut just over a million Christmas trees each year in this province. Most go to the United States or the Caribbean. While total production has been static over the past decade, the number of growers has declined with retirements of ageing farmers and consolidation amongst those who remain. … “There’s been an increase in demand such that we may run short of supply,” said Angus Bonnyman, executive director for the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. Prices paid to growers started climbing two years ago after a glut of faster-growing Fraser fir trees from the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains made their way through the market. Combine that with the effects of industry rationalization and the slow payoff of advertising campaigns and you have light on the horizon for a significant industry in rural Nova Scotia.

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