My very talented son, Garrett, designed and printed my new sweatshirts at Benchmark Prints in Fremont where he works. We have hoodies and crew necks in various sizes.
In case you are wondering what's going on at the farm, we are taking a break from mowing and weeding to do our annual shearing. Every tree on the farm gets a haircut at this time of the year.
First up are the pines. We are almost done with them. Then we head on to the spruces and firs. All trees on the farm are sheared to give them the nice shape our customers prefer. We use a method called "knifing" which is done by what looks like a 24 inch bread knife.
Here a couple before and after pictures of some young Scotch Pines. These trees are about 4-5 years old and are about 2-3 years from becoming available to become your family Christmas tree!
Summertime and the livin' is anything but easy on a Christmas Tree farm. After planting 700 trees this spring I'm now fighting some pesky pests and am keeping busy mowing and keeping the weeds pulled as best as I can. I'm getting to be quite a pro with my backpack sprayer and Roundup!
Starting in a couple of weeks all the trees will get visited for their annual "knifing". This is the method I use to shear the tree so that it becomes the beautifully shaped specimen that everyone is looking for.
Check back to see how I'm progressing!