1. What’s the smallest amount investment to get going in Christmas time tree agriculture if you curently have land (in other words. what’s the price to purchase seed, work the land, maintain, etc.)?
The seed was already extracted from the cone and changed to a seedling approx 1вЂІ to at least one 1/2вЂІ tall. Various tree seedlings are priced differently. When it comes to many part people here into the Pacific Northwest develop Noble fir, Douglas fir, and Grand fir.
The tree seedlings will set you back on average .35 per tree. We purchase them through the big companies like Weyerhaeuser, even though there are some вЂњboutiqueвЂќ growers that develop a fairly healthy seedling.
Before planting you must вЂrip and disc-up’ the dirt/soil. You don’t own your own tractor, a local farmer will (generally) clean up/disc 20 acres for approx $1000 (10 acres for $500) if you’re just starting and. Now your willing to grow your children.
2. For free, very cheap, or through some type of sharecropping/rental arrangement if you don’t have land for your Christmas tree farm are there ways to get it?
We have yet to get land that is free. But there are numerous farmers who can sharecrop his/her land with you. Often everybody involved agrees that a 50% split is reasonable. The farmer offers the land, the grower supplies the knowledge/experience.