Sustainability

Sustainability

Thank you for taking the time to read this statement on our tree and flower farm.

The balance of our boughs for wreaths and garland are harvested daily throughout the season and used/shipped within a couple of days to ensure you receive the freshest possible decoration.  The boughs are trimmed off the sides of wild balsam.  This in no way harms the tree, in fact it improves the ultimate quality of the tree, and these boughs can be re-harvested every 2-3 years.  No wild trees are cut down for this process.tree planting

Each year, we plant around 2,500 tree seedlings. We plant 2-3 tree seedlings for every tree that is harvested from our tree farm. All of our trees on the farm have been planted and hand cared for by our family.

Our beautiful peonies and farm flowers are carefully planted and harvested by our flower farmers. We grow all cool climate flowers that thrive and live well in our cooler climates here in Duluth. Our Duluth Flower Farm has minimal waste as we cut and use each flower as needed. Instead of 40% waste we have less than 1% waste. 80 % of flowers sold in the US are imported and 58 % of American farmer's have gone out of business in the past 20 years so we are joining the American Grown Flowers movment and doing something about it right here in Duluth. We reuse and recycle our vases and our flowers are locally grown not imported and soaked in chemicals to preserve. We plant, harvest and design all of our bouquets onsite. 

We grow our trees and flowers on our on our home site in Duluth, Minnesota.  This is our passion as well as our livelihood and together we strive to do our part in the sustainability of trees and flowers. Thank you for being a part of it and allowing us to become part of your traditions.

Together- The Hoffbauers

 

Is a Real Christmas Tree best for you? Yes!

Christmas trees are eco-friendly. We plant and harvest our tree's from our tree farm. Each tree cut is replaced by 2-3 seedlings and is hand cared for by our tree farmers. 

Here's some more information to help you make the best environmental choice, a Real Christmas Tree.

Where do real trees come from?
United States & Canada
Where do fake trees come from?
85% from China
How are real trees produced? 
By farming. Planting takes place Jan- May. An estimated 40-45  million trees were planted in 2007 in North America. There are an estimated 446 million trees growing on farms in the US. Tree farms support complex eco-systems.
How are fake trees produced?
In factories. Raw materials are sent to factories and assembled into the final product. The product is shipped to the US, then distributed to stores. The number of factories is unknown. Factories only consume natural resources.
What are real trees made of?
Plant tissue. They are 100% biodegradable.
What are are fake trees made of?
Plastics and metals. They are non-biodegradable.
Do real trees contain PVC?
No
Do fake trees contain PVC?
Yes
Do real trees contain lead?
No
Do fake trees contain lead?
Yes. Lead is used in the process of making PVC plastic.
Are real trees carbon neutral?
Yes. Trees absorb carbon dioxide. When decomposing, carbon, nitrogen and other elements are released into the soil.
Are fake trees carbon neutral?
No. Plastic is a petroleum byproduct.
What about chemicals on real trees?
Scientists have measured cut Christmas trees for chemical residues and not found any significant amounts. Many different bugs, fungi and parasites can attack and kill trees, so farmers may used pesticides to keep consumers' trees healthy and alive until harvest. Most pesticides are ground applied. Herbicides may be used to suppress, not kill off, weeds to prevent soil erosion. If someone tells you "there are chemicals on cut Christmas trees," they are wrong.

What about chemicals with fake trees?Yes. PVC itself is a dangerous chemical. Manufacture of PVC creates and disperses dioxins, the most toxic man-made chemical known. Released into air or water, dioxins enter the food chanin, where they accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans, a potential risk for causing cancer, damaging immune functions and imparing children's development.

 

How are real trees disposed of?
By recycling. Used trees can be recycled in a variety of ways. Decomposing trees add nutrients back into the earth.
How are fake trees disposed of?
In landfills. Artificial trees can't be recycled and end up in landfills. All of the accumulated artificial trees are a burden to the environment indefinitely.
Are real trees a renewable resource?
Yes
Are fake trees a renewable resource?
No. Petroleum, used to make plastic, is a non-renewable resource, as are metals.
Are real trees eco-friendly?
YES!
Are fake trees eco-friendly?
No

Thank you to the National Christmas Tree Association for their information.

 


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