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Immediate Release: November 30, 2015
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954

(WHITE TOWNSHIP) – As part of the Christie Administration’s fifth annual ‘Season of Service’ initiative, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today cut a Christmas tree at Wyckoff’s Tree Farm in White Township, Warren County, ceremonially kicking off the choose and cut Christmas tree season. Secretary Fisher also thanked growers for their generosity in participating in a new program, “Christmas Trees for New Jersey Military Families.”

Governor Christie proclaimed November 30 as Jersey Grown Christmas Tree Day, encouraging New Jersey residents to support the state’s farmers and visit choose and cut Christmas tree farms, as well as showing appreciation of our military during the holiday season.

“As we enter our ‘fourth’ season of New Jersey agritourism, we encourage people to visit choose and cut Christmas tree farms to find their perfect tree and enjoy the experience with their families, making lasting memories,” said Secretary Fisher.  “This also is a time of giving, so we applaud the Christmas tree growers for their generosity and hope state residents will remember to help those in need this holiday season.”

Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm won the 2015 New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association Christmas annual tree contest with a Fraser Fir.  It has been a long-standing tradition that the kick-off of the choose-and-cut Christmas tree season takes place at the Grand Champion’s farm.  The 172-acre farm in White Township, outside of Belvidere, has been owned by the Wyckoff family since 1839 and is now being farmed by the sixth and seventh generations of Wyckoffs.  They have 65 acres of Christmas trees with 5,000 trees available this season.  They offer Fraser, Douglas, and Concolor Firs, Norway and Blue Spruces and White Pine.


Laura DePrado of the NJ Agricultural Society; Col. Mark Piterski of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Tim Dunne, VP of the NJ Christmas Tree Growers Association; John Wyckoff; Warren County Freeholder Ed Smith and Secretary Fisher with the Douglas Fir tree cut by Secretary Fisher

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