Lee Ann Fields | 12/8/2016 10:24:06 PM
Agritourism gives rural economies a boost in the fall. Because of mild weather conditions this year, many of our pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farm tours will extend their season into November giving guests an opportunity to visit more than once.
After Thanksgiving many families will return to the farm again to shop for Christmas trees. Most of the farms have farm related activities for the children to enjoy before or after shopping for their tree.
Christmas tree farms provide an opportunity for families to shop for the tree together. Before going to the farm, discuss with your family the type and size of tree you want so that when you are greeted at the farm you can give the owner your Christmas tree wish list.
Did you know that 98% of Christmas trees are grown on Christmas tree farms. Christmas tree farms add oxygen to the atmosphere and create a habitat for wildlife. Once harvested new trees can be planted and the harvested trees can be used to mulch or be placed in ponds for fish habitats.
Louisiana has lots of Christmas tree farms and most of them are listed on one or both of these websites: http://www.southernchristmastrees.org/ and http://pickyourownchristmastree.org/. In addition to helping you locate a tree, these websites offer helpful information in how to select and care for your tree.
Live trees can last for weeks if properly cared for. Here are some suggestions:
To learn more about agritourism, contact Dora Ann Hatch with the LSU AgCenter.