volunteers at EAC's annual christmas tree sale

Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Please note: Our 2021 Christmas tree sale has now ended, but keep an eye out for updates about next year's sale!

About the Christmas tree fundraiser

No matter which traditions your family celebrates, all our holidays give us an opportunity to make choices that will contribute to a healthy planet: buying local food for your family feasts, giving home-made gifts, using reusable cloth gift bags, and so forth.

If your holiday celebrations include a Christmas tree, the way you choose your tree can also have an impact. The Ecology Action Centre has provided Haligonians with a source for sustainably grown, spray-free Christmas Trees since 1992. When you order your tree from the EAC, you're helping to support a local farmer and contributing to the great work of our staff and volunteers throughout the year, to build a more just and sustainable world. Thank you!

red wagon in front of green christmas trees

Tree Ordering & Pick-Up Details

Timeline

  • Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 - Monday, Dec. 6, 2021: Christmas tree online orders open!
  • Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021: Christmas Tree Pick-Up Day (by time slot) at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Anglican Church, 3751 Robie Street, Halifax

Pick-up Day schedule 

As the COVID-19 situation in Halifax continues to change, we are adapting our plans for Christmas Tree Pick-Up Day in order to manage the number of people gathering at a time. This year, we're asking everyone who orders a tree to select a pick-up time slot so we can keep everyone safe and spread out. Pick-up time slot options can be found on the order form.

Wild trees! 

Some of you have been asking if you can order untrimmed, wild trees straight from the woods. You’re in luck! Kevin our tree farmer is offering a small number of these trees for EAC supporters. You can choose this as an option when you order your tree. Please note these trees tend to be less dense, with more open space between branches. While Kevin makes an effort to find the most nicely shaped trees, some of them may be irregular shaped compared to sheared or cultivated trees. 

Limited trees available

Due to the pressures of our changing climate (unusual frosts + summer droughts), in addition to the labour shortage related to Covid-19, there is a tight supply of Christmas trees across our region this year. As a result, we may have a limited number of trees available for this year’s fundraiser. Returning buyers may also notice a slight price increase from what they've seen in previous years, which is also a result of these factors. For these reasons, orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you for your support, and thanks for choosing a “green” Christmas! 


Meet Kevin, our tree farmer!

Christmas tree farmer Kevin Veinotte with his horsesOur trees come from the farm of Kevin Veinotte, a 7th generation farmer who lives in West Northfield, NS, with his family.

“We still grow, shear, and harvest the trees in much the same way [as my father did],” says Kevin, who uses horses to harvest his trees. “Our farm has 22 acres with native Balsam Fir. Balsams grow so well here that we choose not to fertilize or spray with chemicals. The bushes and undergrowth are cut by hand, and the aphids are kept in check with ladybugs.”

Kevin’s woodlot is FSC Certified, and has twice been the recipient of the Nova Scotia Woodlot of the Year designation - once in 2007, and again in 2018.