Those with years of experience or just considering the possibility of a Christmas tree business can benefit from attending the upcoming Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OTCA) Christmas Tree College at Kaleidoscope Farms in Hancock County on July 23.
“We have a great program that has something for everyone,” said Dave Reese, owner of the farm and one of the presenters. “The program has two parts. The first part is focused on the management of small trees and the second part features tips and tricks learned from Rod Hose’s lifetime of tree shearing experience. Rod is a very popular custom shearer from Lake City Michigan. This year his crew will shear around 70,000 trees just in Ohio.”
Hose will be giving demonstrations on shearing Scotch pine, white pine, fir and spruce. He will also provide tips on training shearers, shearing and he will be available for questions on specific shearing challenges. In addition, Reese and Bill Cackler, the current OCTA president, will be making the following presentations:
• Tree fertilization
• Staking young trees
• Early handles on young trees
• Salvage and repair of damaged trees
• And the economics of planting trees.
The Christmas Tree College will start at 1 p.m. and end with a pork loin dinner at 6 p.m. The farm is located at 14841 County Road 54, Mt. Cory, OH, 45868. It is just north of Mt. Cory off of State Route 235. The cost for members is $50 per farm or $30 per person. For more information visit www.kaleidoscopefarms.com or contact Reese at 419-722-1154.