And that’s why - for the fourth year in a row - Indiana Christmas Tree Growers are participating in the Trees for Troops Program. Indiana growers rank 11th in the nation for fresh grown Christmas trees, including Scotch Pine, White Pine, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir, as well as many other Spruce and Fir varieties. Our state’s producers will send a total of 80 trees overseas to military bases in Bahrain and Kuwait and also donate 125 trees to the Great Lakes Naval Station stateside.
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has participated in years past, and this year the FFA State Officers will also join the growers from across the state on November 30th when trees will be dropped off and processed at Dull’s Farm in Boone County. In April 2010, the Campbell Soup Company, the FFA and local volunteers restored the Dull Family Farm barn as part of the Campbell’s Help Grow Your Soup program.
Dull’s was selected due to its proximity to Indianapolis and the Fed Ex station (which donates all the shipping.) The trees will then be delivered to the various bases on the weekend of December 4th.
“What a blessing for these soldiers to see the 7 feet long by 10 inch square box arrive, open it and experience the aroma of a fresh, real tree!” said Tom Dull, Owner of Dull’s Tree Farm in Boone County. “We give them the aroma of Christmas and a bit of home.”
Indiana Christmas Tree Growers and Fed Ex are donating their services, but there are still other expenses to this program. If you would like to make a donation, go to the Christmas Spirit Foundation, which is a charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association, for more information. The Christmas Spirit Foundation’s mission is to advance the spirit of Christmas year-round for kids, families and the environment.
Oh! And Indiana Christmas Tree Growers want to give back to you, too! Enter below and you could win a $40 gift certificate toward a wreath at any participating Indiana tree farm.
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