Baker-Polito Administration Declares November 23, 2018 as “Green Friday”
Declaration Made to Recognize Massachusetts’ Christmas Tree Farms and Nurseries
BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration has declared Friday, November 23, 2018 as “Green Friday” to encourage people across the Commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs. To celebrate “Green Friday,” Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree cutting ceremony at White Gate Tree Farm in West Newbury.
“We encourage Massachusetts families to shop local and purchase their Christmas trees and holiday decorations from one of the Commonwealth’s many family-operated farms and nurseries,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is proud to recognize this vibrant sector of Massachusetts’ agricultural industry and looks forward another successful season.”
“Our administration is proud to support the Christmas tree growers and nurseries across the Commonwealth that play a vital role in stimulating the local economy and provide our residents with high-quality beautiful trees and plants during the holidays,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
Christmas tree season in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at nearly 400 Christmas tree farms on approximately 3,000 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The sale of Massachusetts-grown Christmas trees contributes approximately $1.4 million to the Commonwealth’s economy each year. Christmas tree farms, which are often sited on soils that cannot support other crops, stabilize soil, which helps prevent erosion and protect water supplies. When chipped, the trees can be used as a renewable source of energy to be burned as fuel, used as mulch, or composted.
“My family and I kick off the holiday season every year by buying a fresh-cut tree on Green Friday,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Not only is it a fun family tradition, but buying a fresh-cut tree from a local farm helps support Massachusetts’ hard-working farmers and helps to reduce our carbon footprint.”
“The nursery industry, including Christmas tree farms, encompasses the largest agricultural sector here in Massachusetts,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “In addition to trees, these farms and nurseries also provide hand-crafted wreaths, holiday plants such as poinsettias and craft activities for children to provide residents with a truly fun holiday experience. I’m proud to once again be a part of this wonderful tradition in highlighting the benefits of buying local and continuing to support Massachusetts agriculture.”
“Buying locally is not only good for our economy, it’s also good for the environment,” said State Representative Lenny Mirra (R-West Newbury). Our tree farms are a treasure, producing a green, renewable resource while also beautifying the community with trees that take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. We’re fortunate to have these farms.”
“White Gate is happy to represent the many Christmas tree farms across the Commonwealth and be this year’s host for the Annual Christmas Tree cutting ceremony to celebrate Green Friday,” said Patricia Kelly, owner of White Gate Tree Farm. “We’ve been selling trees to the community for many years and enjoy offering the public a family experience, as well as hot cocoa! We have plenty of gorgeous trees this year all looking for homes.”
Visit the MassGrown website to find Christmas tree farms and nurseries across the state.