30.8 million live Christmas trees were purchased in the United States in 2011, with a real market value of $1.07 billion.Source: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm
|Can you spot the three boys in their "forts" ?|
Mind you I was thinking a hundred small maybe 6 foot trees. Easy to handle. Not a big deal.
Most of the trees were still bundled with twine. Most of the trees wel well over 6 feet tall, some even in the range of 15 feet with massive 6-8 inch thick trunks. They tossed and tossed and tossed some more. I tried to pull the trees back to allow them more room but there was no way I could keep up, and my kids were no use as they were too busy climbing and rolling on the trees like crazed puppies.
HoofsnHorns Farm, the farm animal rescue we had visited when we first were interested in getting a milk cow.
I did find out that Shelby received a massive load of trees too, and she was (like me) amazed and overwhelmed at the quantity.
I liken Christmas trees to the bison the American Indians subsisted on. I use every part of the trees. The needles are fed to the goats and they munch some of the branches off. When they're done, I pull out the trees, lop off all the remaining branches and pile them to dry as kindling. The trunks I use to line garden beds, but this year... I have ideas. Little goat, sheep and child size wood cabins. Pine fence posts. Goodness knows what else I can make them into. It's nice wood. It smells fresh and clean, and it will not go to waste here.