Our Christmas Tree Fundraiser is back! | Ecology Action Centre

Our Christmas Tree Fundraiser is back!

Photo Credit: Adam Travis
Photo credit: Adam Travis

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!

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We are currently sold out of Christmas trees for this year. 

As you may have heard, there is a very tight supply of Christmas trees across the whole region this year - and our grower is no exception. We've learned that this is largely due to climate change messing with our weather patterns. The freak spring frost of three years ago followed by two summers of drought have resulted in strange growth patterns and stunted growth all-round, so there are simply fewer trees that are ready to be cut for this year. 

We're very sorry for the disappointment - we've never had to turn away tree customers before, and we hope to be back to full capacity for next year. 

Thank you for your continued support.

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What’s different this year: 

Pick-Up Day schedule changes

As the COVID-19 situation in Halifax continues to change, we are adapting our plans for Christmas Tree Pick-Up Day in order to comply with the new restrictions on public gatherings. Stay tuned! If you ordered a tree, we'll email you with the new plan very soon.

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 drought), 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. Orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on this year’s campaign, email Joanna at joanna@ecologyaction.ca or call our front desk at 902-429-2202.

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

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Meet Kevin, our tree farmer!

Our 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.

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