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2023 Farm Tours
There is no pre-registration required to attend the informal farm tours - just show up! Bring-your-own lunch, socialize & network starting at noon, followed by the farm tour beginning at 1pm. This is a great opportunity for members to share what has worked (or not worked) for them, get feedback, and share ideas with others who may have faced similar challenges.

We have farm tours scheduled across the state (eastern, central & western locations):

2023 Annual Meeting - Sunday, August 20, 2023

Location:  Paul Bunyan's Farm & Nursery, 500 Fuller Road, Chicopee MA

Time:  Registration & coffee start at 8:30am; wrap-up by 4:00pm

Cost:   $30/per person. $5 discount for each additional attendee from the same farm. Payment can be made in advance online via UniPay (select 'other'), or by cash/check at the meeting. ($30/1st person, $55/2 people, $80/3 people, $105/4 people, etc.)

RSVP Required:  Please RSVP no later than Friday, August 11th to Sara at  or 413-512-0907.

Additional Info:

  • We anticipate approval for 1-2 pesticide credits for license holders who need CEUs
  • Catered lunch is included
  • You may want to bring your own chair
  • There will be a tailgate swap meet, so please bring anything you'd like to sell/trade

We are also excited to announce that Fraser Knoll will be attending our annual meeting this year.  Fraser Knoll sells equipment and supplies for all your Christmas tree needs such as wreath frames, tree stands, balers/netting, pruners, plus many other tools and supplies.  You have an opportunity for significant savings on shipping costs by ordering supplies early and picking orders up in-person at the meeting.  Pre-orders must be placed by Sunday, August 13th to be delivered to the meeting.  To place orders and/or check product availability call 336-982-3517 or 877-352-7355.  Orders may be paid for by check or cash at the meeting.

Tentative Agenda: (**Agenda is subject to change as details/speakers are still being finalized)

    8:00 - 8:30:  Vendor & swap meet set-up
    8:30 - 9:00:  Registration; Coffee & Pastries
    9:00 - 9:15:  Farm Bio / Host Introductions
    9:15 - 9:30:  Vendor Introductions
    9:30 - 10:00:  Update from MDAR (Winton Pitcoff, Deputy Commissioner)
    10:00 - 10:45:  Update from The Real Christmas Tree Board (Marsha Gray)
    10:45 - 11:00:  Break / Visit Vendors
    11:00 - 12:00:  Effects of Climate Change on Firs (Dr. Anthony Taylor, Assoc. Prof. of Forest Mgmt.)
    12:00 - 2:00:  Lunch & MCTA Annual Business Meeting / Officer Elections
    2:00 - 4:00:  Session A:  Field Tour w/ guest speakers Larry Downey & Dr. Rich Cowles
    2:00 - 4:00:  Session B:  Wreaths, Greens & Decorating (Susan Lopes & Farm Staff)
    4:00:  Swap meet break-down


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