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Sunday
Nov182018

2018 Season Update

Dear Friends,
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy. We wanted to send a note to let you know we are not opening for choose and cut Christmas Tree sales this year, due to lack of inventory.

The partnership and support you have shown us over the years has been humbling and heartening. We have loved sharing this tradition with you and your family and know that change can be bittersweet.

We plunged into Christmas Tree farming somewhat haphazardly back in 2009, when we moved to the farm and have been delighted to host eight amazing seasons of choose and cut trees. Our children grew up with this tradition and the memories accumulated are beautiful and bountiful.

Last year, we didn’t feel we had enough sell-able trees to warrant opening for the season and this year feels the same. We do have orders in for new young trees that we will plant in the Spring and some of our previous plantings are growing to hip height now, but it takes years for them to grow to standard height. We’d love to open for a small 'family and friends' tree season in the future when our inventory has grown.  

Many of you know we have been working towards biodiversity, and away from mono-culture at Earth & Sky Farm. When we moved to the farm we were surrounded by a sea of trees. We donated some and sold others, making space for a large garden, small orchard, hop trellises, chicken coop and a walking trail (with adult size monkey bars!) around the farm. It is our intent to grow more apples and hops in the years ahead and we have had many thoughts about what other crops/experiences we may be able to share with our community. We’ve talked about offering cut flowers, fresh eggs, fungi, herbs and botanicals, farm stay, farm to table dinner, yoga classes, events and more…

If you have time and interest, we’d love to hear what you would like to see from Earth & Sky Farm. Please click here to complete a quick survey or feel free to send us an email anytime.

Thank you & best wishes for happy holidays from our family to yours!
Warmly,

The Ensigns


 

Sunday
Nov192017

Closed for the 2017 Holiday Season

Dear Friends of Earth & Sky Farm,

We hope the season finds you well! It is with bitter sweetness that we announce we will be closed 2017 holiday season. We have genuinely cherished celebrating eight magical tree cutting seasons with you. It has been a gift to grow community, nurture traditions and raise our families together. Time flies when you are having fun!

Our search for a farm to call home led us to the end of the trail in Oregon City. As greenhorn farmers and new parents back in 2009, we dug in deep… learning through trial and error (with always so much more still to learn!). We have worked to encourage biodiversity in new farm plantings, moving away from single crop monoculture. Where Christmas trees once grew, gardens and grapes, chickens and apple orchards, hops and native plantings now take residence-- and still we love the trees. We enjoy growing the Northwest iconic evergreen trees, hosting the holiday hunt and welcoming family and friends for an annual visit. We were inspired by how this tradition took root and have sought to strike balance with our own family/work lives and impacts on the farm by gradually cutting back our annual hours over the years as our inventory lessened. Our community never faltered but rather circled closer, for which we are authentically grateful.

We hoped to compliment the tradition of harvesting trees each winter by planting new fledgling trees each spring. We began this practice in the early days but the past few years have been challenging for many Oregon Christmas Tree farmers, ourselves included, with nursery stock demand outpacing supply. For our small farm, the lack of available new tree plantings coupled with a few seasons of challenging crop damage has led us to the decision to close for the season. Mother Nature needs her time.

We recognize this seasonal closure may be cause for disappointment and we do sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We know how much traditions mean. We heartily encourage you to seek out other family farms in the area for your holiday tree this year and we would love to stay connected.

Our 2019 nursery stock has already been secured! We will be doing the work that is needed to revitalize our tree stand, planting young trees and nurturing those we have already in the ground. We are committed to maintaining our farm without the use of pesticides and are ever working to improve overall soil health to increase the health of all our crops.

We hope to be able to share the tree cutting tradition with you again soon (as well as other crops and community happenings!). If you’d like to stay connected be sure to sign up for our email list and we'll update you!

We thank you for your understanding, all your terrific support and wish you the happiest holiday season from our family at Earth & Sky Farm!

Cheers,
Jana, Tim, Prana & Adrik

Friday
Oct282016

Family & Friends Holiday Tree Weekend - Dec 3rd & 4th, 2016

2016 marks our seventh year on the farm and our eighth season as tree farmers (we never could have imagined!). We love the tradition we have grown with you, our vibrant community. We enjoy sharing in memories together and appreciate your kind, continued support. We have gradually increased the biodiversity of these 4+ acres— replanting fir trees while making way for a garden, green house, chickens, walking path and kids play area. We planted apple and pear trees, flowers and hops and have many more dreams to seed and take root here.

With a smaller stand of evergreens and more bustling lives than ever before we are happy to embrace the holidays at a slightly slower pace, opening this year for:

Family & Friends Holiday Tree Weekend
10am-4pm Sat, Dec 3rd & Sun, Dec 4th
any tree ~ suggested donation $25


While we may hang a closed sign on the gate for the public we are open to our family and friends the first weekend of December. We'll light the fire, heat the cocoa and sharpen the hand saws, you bring your jacket, hat, boots and sense of pioneer spirit and we'll greet another yule year lingering by the flames, listening to music, taking extra time to greet babies and dogs, welcoming familiar embraces and slowing a bit to savor the season.
 

Thank you for growing with us! We hope to see you on the farm.
Cheers,
Jana & Tim

photo courtesy of Tiger Food Press

Sunday
Nov012015

Visit us this holiday season!

Join us for the 2015 Holiday Season on the farm!

Choose & Cut Trees and Handmade Wreaths

9:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday

December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th

$25 any tree

handmade wreaths $15 medium, $20 large

hot cocoa and candy canes complimentary

cash - check - credit accepted

Monday
Oct272014

Earth & Sky Farm 2014 Holiday Season

9:30am - 4:30pm Saturdays & Sundays

December 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th

Homegrown Grand & Noble Fir Trees

Choose & Cut, Any Size $25

During the 2014 Holiday Season Earth & Sky Farm will open two consecutive weekends in December for Choose & Cut Holiday Tree Sales. We will host local artisan vendors the second weekend. Buying local is a great way to support a vibrant community and purchase thoughtfully.

Our family farmed trees are grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals and are $25 for any size. Two sizes of wreaths, handcrafted from the trimmed boughs of our trees will be available. The evergreen forest is a loved part of our small farm landscape. Most of our Fir Trees are gently sheered to a tapered shape each year, with a bit of their wild nature still intact. We find many folks enjoy the experience of hunting for their own unique holiday tree, discovering where it grows and cutting it down themselves. We are happy to help grow this sustainable tradition and annually replant a few hundred new trees each Spring. Friends of of the farm are welcome to join us for Spring Tree Planting and encouraged to stay connected throughout the year.

We are happy to provide twine, hand saws for your use and have the ability to help bail (net) your cut tree free of charge. When you come to the farm it is great idea to dress for Oregon's dynamic Winter weather and consider what you can do to prepare for ease of transporting your freshly cut tree home. We are able to accept cash, checks and credit cards (with a small fee).

Questions? Please contact us.

Hope to see you on the farm this season!