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Deck the halls with a Virginia-grown Christmas tree

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There are more than 500 Christmas tree farms in Virginia, and thousands of this season’s trees are about to hit the market. 

Explore what’s going on at the Farm Bureau and on Virginia’s farms

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Virginia Farm Bureau’s been packaging up some delightful December looks at Virginia agriculture for its weekly television program, Real Virginia. Broadcasts this month focus on the state’s stock of fresh Christmas trees, the bustle of cotton harvest season and the annual state auctioneer championship. There’s also a visit to the farms of Carroll County.

When it comes to cutting your own Christmas tree, pickiness pays

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There are thousands of Christmas tree growers in Virginia, with more than 7 million trees growing in the state.
With that many trees, how do you ensure you’re getting the best quality?

Fresh greenery adds a festive scent to holiday decor

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Some Virginians choose and cut their own Christmas trees, and many purchase fresh wreaths and garlands as well. Tree farms often sell wreaths and garlands made from fresh greenery.

Some Virginia Christmas tree farmers expect shortages

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Demand for fresh-cut Virginia Christmas trees continues to increase, and some growers are coming up short.

Re-use your Christmas trees after the holidays

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When the holidays are over, you could chuck your Christmas tree into the woods or take it to the dump, but there are plenty of ways you can repurpose it.

Oh Fraser fir, where do you come from?

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Mountains and Fraser firs are all you can see for miles from Rodney Richardson’s back porch.

Virginia Christmas tree growers deliver on this year’s harvest

It’s not quite Thanksgiving, but the Christmas tree harvest is in full swing and Virginia growers are experiencing a good one.

Recycled trees are post-holiday gifts for the environment

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Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Forest Landowner Education program coordinator, said fresh-cut Christmas trees can be recycled or repurposed into natural products, wildlife habitat or feeding areas to attract wildlife.

Oh Fraser fir, Oh Fraser fir, where do you come from?

Mountains and Fraser firs are all you can see for miles from Rodney Richardson’s back porch. And that’s fine with him, because growing Fraser firs is how he makes his living.

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