SALEM, N.Y. — The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY (CTFANY) is pleased to invite members and other interested growers to its 2019 Summer Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, July 11, through Saturday, July 13. Every summer, the members of the organization travel to a different member’s farm to network, share, learn, and catch up with each other after a busy winter season.
The program kicks off on Thursday July 11 at noon with tours of other members’ farms in the vicinity of the host farm, and attendees are invited to gather at Woody Acres for a welcome reception following the conclusion of the day’s tours. See the map and schedule on our website www.christmastreesny.org.
On Friday and Saturday, attendees can take in educational programming on a variety of topics during more than 20 workshop sessions, walking tours, hands-on demos, and meetings. There will be a special focus on the needs of new and beginning growers in the sessions on Saturday, but everyone is welcome to attend sessions both days. There will be opportunities to receive NYS-DEC Pesticide Applicator Credits for some of the sessions.
Session topics include capital gains treatment, glyphosate and other pesticides, agritourism, first aid and farm safety, opportunities available in wholesaling, decorating, and more.
In addition, attendees can meet with a CPA and local political officials. There will also be a vendor tent, where more than 25 vendors are expected to be present.
All workshops are open to members and non-members alike. People thinking of getting into Christmas tree farming as well as experienced growers are encouraged to attend. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with other growers and to learn from experts in the field.
The full schedule is available on the CTFANY website. Information about registration and hotel accommodations is available on the site as well; there are other events happening in that region of New York State during this time period so attendees are encouraged to reserve a hotel room as soon as possible.
Registration forms are available here (PDF).
Founded in 1953, the mission of the Christmas Tree Farmers’ Association of New York (CTFANY) is to empower our members in the development of the real Christmas tree industry. CTFANY provides information and opportunities for its members that include national visibility and stature, quality production, preservation, education, pride in our products, and customer satisfaction. We provide education to the public about the real tree industry, enabling the public to purchase and enjoy the benefits of farm fresh and fragrant real Christmas trees and evergreen products. At the same time, we protect the environment that surrounds us and enhance the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to New York’s economy.
–Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY
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