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From the Christmas Tree Farm to the White House

Zippy Duvall


Running a Christmas tree farm isn’t for the faint of heart. It can take over a decade of hard work and uncertainty before a tree is ready to be sold, but there is a lot of joy that comes along with it as well. Tree farms often provide lasting memories for families with activities such as cutting your own tree and sleigh rides - even Saint Nick can make an appearance!

On this episode of Farmside Chat Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall chats with Joe Freeman owner of Mistletoe Meadows located in Laurel Springs, North Carolina. Joe discusses life as a Christmas tree farmer and what he describes as his Super Bowl moment when selected as the 2007 National Christmas Tree winner and showcased the winning tree in the Blue Room at the White House.

My favorite part of all these years of growing trees is seeing all the families come to the farm.

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