|Brookfield Christmas Tree Farm 1987|
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|Brochure about Brookfield Choose and Cut Farm|
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The Children really had a great time on the hay wagon and with Santa Claus. Sometimes Jason Rutledge would bring his horses and pull the trees from the field up to the barn. That was really a popular event. During the 25 years our Laurel Creek Farms, Ltd ( LCF Group ) was in the Christmas tree farming business several hundred citizens of Floyd County worked on our farm. I still have great conversations with some of the people that worked on the farm and we have a good time reminiscing about the old days. The last trees were sold in 1992 and the Choose and Cut Tree operation was closed. Now we grow lots of Deer, Rabbits and an occasional Bear on the farm.
|New Christmas Tree|
|Mr Zeigler 35 years ago|
|Tree Workshop Certificate|
Competing in the State Christmas Tree Competition to see who could grow the most perfect tree was always a fun event at the Growers meetings. We were fortunate to win at the State a few times and then get
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|National Tree Competition|
In more recent years we added to the Olde Christmas Tree Farm by purchasing the Old Community Swimming pool located on Webbs Mill Road. This addition gives us 400 feet of frontage on Rt. 8 about 1/2 mile from the stop light in Floyd and connected Webbs Mill Road to the farm. Today you can still see the old bath house for the swimming pool as you drive by and the storage buildings that Blue Ridge Buildings have on display along the road.
There was a nice brick ranch house at the present location of Citizens Telephone Coop. That house was moved up near the County Refuse Pick Up station ---- and is still there. I traded 5 acres of land of the farm to the owner of that brick house in the 80's and as part of the trade, we received an access road to the farm that now borders the North side of Citizens Coop property. You can see the big pine trees in back of Citizens Coop and those are old Christmas trees on our farm that are almost ready to harvest as 36 year old timber.
The LCF Group has owned this farm for 36 years and now it is time to start putting the farm to a good use for the area. That is why we are starting this current effort to find businesses that can take advantage of the Olde Christmas Tree Farm. The location of the farm - about 1/2 mile from the stop light in downtown Floyd and on Route 8 - the main road in and out of Floyd County is ideal for public visibility and access.
Direct Shipping of a Christmas tree by UPS to a customer's door from our plantation. We were the first to create this new industry for Christmas Tree growers and it was done right here in Floyd County, Virginia. I will be writing about this is a future blog.
"by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector Historian
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