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Why Natural Canadian Christmas Trees?

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In Canada, over 28,315 hectares (69,968acres) were dedicated to Christmas tree production in 2011

An acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people.

Premium quality and freshness

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Many vividly remember going out to cut the family Christmas tree in nearby forests when they were younger. These memories: choosing the perfect tree, bringing it home, decorating it and enjoying it during the Christmas celebrations, are long-lasting and greatly cherished. The fragrance that Canadian Christmas trees bring to a home cannot be duplicated by artificial trees. Bringing a coniferous Christmas tree into the home has been a tradition celebrated in Northern countries around the globe for over 400 years 

Buy Local, Buy Real! 

Canadian Christmas trees provide real jobs for Canadians, from the growers to the farm hands as well as in related industries such as transportation, equipment supply and retail sales. Canadian Christmas tree growers put in the same effort and values, if not more, in preparing the majestic natural trees for your home each year.

We can still enjoy this tradition thanks to the “choose and cut” Christmas tree farms located across our great country. Click on your provincial association above to find a choose and cut near you.

Our mission is to provide members with information regarding the effective use of resources for sustainable business practices.

We represent the industry on the national level, so we can work effectively with other industries as well as with federal and provincial governments.

We provide the means for growers across the country to stay in touch and up-to-date with best growing practices that technology, research and experience have yielded.

Represents the industry on a national basis as well as with the federal government and strives to:

  • Assist exporters with international inspections and pre-clearance inspections.
  • Represent the industry at Health Canada’s PMRA’s conferences, for the use of pesticides on minor crops, allowing the industry to obtain research and funding for effective control with various agents.
  • Represent the industry in conversations with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding phytosanitary controls and international trade regulations.
  • Provide members with essential information concerning federal changes and initiatives which may affect or enhance their activities.
  • Help Christmas tree growers develop and maintain domestic and international markets.
Field day part of the annual meeting, Guysborough, Nova Scotia

Field day part of the annual meeting, Guysborough, Nova Scotia

We are Christmas Tree Growers and we take Carbon out of the air!

Word of the President

Christmas Tree Promotion Board Testimonial

The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association is pleased that the Christmas Tree Promotion campaign is established and working for the future health of our industry.  As the national trade body to represent Christmas tree growers in Canada, our board of directors are fully supportive of this initiative.

Real, farm grown tree producers have such a positive story to tell.  Yet few of us will ever have the resources to individually coordinate or finance a significant advertising or public information campaign.  Not only does the Promotion Fund finance promotions, it also supports critical research initiatives for our industry.  The Promotion Levy is designed so every significant grower pays the same amount per tree and this strategy assures we are supporting our future. The appointed Board members, who manage this campaign, are growers with differing backgrounds from all across the continent ensuring all interests are balanced.

The reason to purchase a real tree is many and varied by each individual and this is why we need to continue to repeat our message.  The Promotional Board’s strategy has an excellent opportunity to get our message out to the public and cover a variety of topics all benefiting the industry.  We have heard objections by sectors in our industry that our sales are strong and therefore the need to invest in promotions is not needed, however let’s remember the market share the artificial industry has garnered over the last decades.  A continuous strong presence in the public eye is needed to compete with this.

Every solid business plans for expansion and promotion and the Christmas Promotion Board is such a unique opportunity to support production research and market expansion.  We are the last harvest of the season and it is associated with a beautiful celebration felt all over the world.  We are a significant part of creating memories for the young and old.  Our story is positive and supportive of our farms, farmers, the environment, and traditions.  It allows families to connect and enjoy the warmth and uniqueness of a real tree.

The Research and Promotion Fund has the full support of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association.  Many of us wholesale to retailers and U-Cut operations.  The data gathered a positive consumer response to the promotions that has taken place to date.  We need to continue.  We all want to “grow”.

Respectfully,

President Larry Downey, CCTGA

 

Join us in Quebec  on August 25,2019

for our Annual General Meeting.

for more information contact the CCTGA office, at shirleyinhockley@yahoo.ca

 

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National Christmas Tree Day

Saturday December 7, 2019

Again this year, the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers have declared the first Saturday in December as Christmas Tree Day.  Visit a tree farm and create your own memories.

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The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association (CCTGA) is the umbrella group of Canada’s provincial Christmas tree associations.  For more information contact the CCTGA Executive Director shirleyinhockley@yahoo.ca

 

                                                 Recycling Your trees
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Plantation view by helicopter You see the various stages of growth that occur on a Christmas tree plantation in Hatley, Quebec

Keeping trees out of landfills means that your Christmas tree will continue to be a valuable resource.

  •  Christmas trees turned into mulch and firewood allow for the recycling of the renewable energy stored in the tree.
Most municipalities have a Christmas tree recycling and mulching program.
  • Typically, you can recycle your Christmas tree free of charge at seasonal drop-off locations or directly at landfills.
  • Most programs chip Christmas trees into mulch.
  • The mulch is used in green spaces around the municipality and is often available free of charge to residents.
  • The programs are announced in your local media just after the Holiday season.
  • Please contact your municipality for details.

Alternate Ideas

  • Other ideas of what you can do with your tree include:
  • Use the tree for fish and aquatic habitat near shorelines.
  • Cut into small pieces and use for decorating your plant beds.
  • Use this year’s tree for firewood. Cut the tree into pieces for use at a bonfire.
  • You may want to keep a small piece to start next year’s first-holiday fire.
  • In Nova Scotia, trees are used to protect sand dunes from erosion.

If there is no program in your community to reuse Christmas trees, please start a recycling program.

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