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Spring Tree Sale 2019

Thanks to all the volunteers and customers who made this year’s tree sale a success! We sold over 3,000 native trees and shrubs, 500 fruit trees and berry plants, enough native wildflower seed to cover 18,000 sq ft, and 55 sets of backyard mushroom supplies. We served over 150 customers from Franklin County and beyond, better reaching eastern Franklin County with the help of the Montgomery Conservation Commission’s satellite pickup option. Twenty volunteers contributed 136 hours to prepare orders and assist customers – we could not do it without you!

The primary goal is to make native trees and backyard fruit trees affordable and accessible in our community, and it is also a fundraiser for our conservation programs and education. This year we raised $3600 to support our “Signs of Conservation” program, increase our flexibility to respond to landowners and create new programs, and offer scholarships for young conservationists.

If there’s something particular you’d like us to offer next year, drop us a line this summer or fall! We’d love to hear from you. With the funds raised from our sales, we can also come out for a limited number of site visits to help you identify your existing trees and soils, and what might fit well in your landscape.

Keep an eye out for our newsletter next January to place your order for 2020! Not on our list? Email franklincountynrcd@gmail.com. 

Related Events

How to Grow Christmas Trees

July 13, 2019 –  9:00-11:00am, Bakersfield Tree Farm, 405 Rt. 36, Bakersfield VT

Are you growing a few Christmas trees for your family, or do you want to? Maybe you’re even making a small business of it, or considering. Come learn from Gary and Alice Foote at their tree farm to learn about tree shaping and shearing; fertilizing; mowing; planting and de-coning. We’ll also have an extensive discussion of tree species and varieties – which ones are best for your soil and your winters, and have the shape and smell you like?

Thanks to Gary and Alice’s generosity, this event is free, though donations to the Conservation District always gratefully accepted. Please register either via facebook or by emailing franklincountynrcd@gmail.com

Montgomery to host tree and shrub talk from Charlie Nardozzi

March 18, 2019 –  5:30pm, Montgomery Center Town Hall (Grange), 326-6728

Wondering how to get the most benefit from the trees and shrubs of your yard and garden? Nationally recognized garden writer, radio and TV host, and frequent guest on VPR Charlie Nardozzi will cure your spring fever with tips for gardening with trees and shrubs. Hosted by the Montgomery Conservation Commission. RSVPs appreciated to 326-6728.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

March 23, 2019 – 10am-12pm, three minutes from Bakersfield Center. $10.

Learn and practice caring for your trees under the guidance of long-time fruit-grower and nursery owner John Hayden. John will guide participants through selection, care and sharpening of tools; training young trees for long-term health; pruning for pest management and fruit production; and reclaiming abandoned orchards. Participants will then work in teams to try reinvigorating neglected apple trees! Hot drinks provided. Call Jeannie at 528-4176 or email franklincountynrcd@gmail.com to register.

Volunteer and receive up to 20% off your order

Our tree sale relies on a dedicated team of volunteers. The day of the sale volunteers retrieve orders for customers, track inventory, manage our table of educational materials, clean the barn, and more. We also need help pre-bagging orders in the week before the sale. Volunteers receive 20% off their order! We are also looking for volunteers any time of year to serve on the Board, glean produce from farms, monitor water quality in streams, or plant trees. To volunteer, call 802-528-4176 or email franklincountynrcd@gmail.com. Thank you!

Free trees available for restoration projects

If you are interested in planting 50 or more trees and shrubs, you may be eligible for free or discounted trees!

Planting trees alongside streams is one of the most important things we need to do to restore fishable, swimmable waters in Franklin County, so there are a number of funding sources the District can help you access to do that. Stream-side tree plantings provide shade that cools the stream’s water temperature, reduce streambank erosion, provide wildlife habitat on the banks, and allow the stream to access its floodplains.

Stream-side aren’t the only areas that may be eligible for free trees. If you are interested in planting windbreaks, shade trees for livestock, wetland restorations, agroforestry projects, or other medium- to large-scale plantings contact the District. Routine Christmas tree plantings are generally not eligible.

Depending on your site, you may be eligible for free trees, site design, installation, and possibly even payments to you as the landowner! Call 528-4176 or email Jeannie to learn more.

NEW offerings - Hops and Mushrooms

Hops – take your home-brew to the next level!

Like a good hoppy ale? We’re selling a cold-hardy hops variety that comes at the recommendation of Julian Post, farm manager at Champlain Valley Hops and former Crops Technician at UVM Extension.

Hops is a perennial bine that bears cones in its second year and continues to fruit for 25 years or more if properly cared for. Hops is the primary ingredient that gives ales their citrusy flavors and bitterness, and the variety we offer grows successfully at UVM’s research farm in Alburgh and at commercial hopyards across the state. Hops bines grow over 20 ft tall, so be prepared to trellis them on a south-facing building, arbor, or trellis. We’re selling them in bundles of five rhizomes, which should be planted together as one plant.

To learn more about growing hops, attend Julian’s presentation at the NOFA-VT conference February 17, attend the annual Vermont Hops Conference February 21, or contact UVM Extension’s hops specialist John Bruce at 524-6501.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms and Build Soil

Part of what gives mushrooms their rich flavors is the high concentration of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain. And, with a little care, you can grow your own! Mushrooms also build fungal networks in the soil that can improve neighboring plants’ access to vital nutrients. This year we’re offering spawn for shiitake mushrooms, which are grown on logs, and wine cap mushrooms, which are grown in woodchip mulch. Wine caps grow well under raspberries, in garden borders, or other areas you might mulch anyway. Read our catalog description or contact us by email or at 528-4176 for more information on growing mushrooms.

Bulk discounts

We love to see you planting trees, so we will discount your order by 10% if you purchase 25 or more trees (excluding bundled conifers.) They don’t have to all go on your land – buy some for your neighbor, or your mother! Mother’s Day is just a week after the tree sale! To apply your bulk discount please pay by check – unfortunately our online system cannot process discounts. If you’re interested in planting more than 50 trees on your property you may be eligible for free trees through our restoration programs. See above!

History of the Franklin County Tree Sale

The Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District has been holding a spring tree sale at least as long as our Board can remember – and that goes back to 1978! The primary goal is to make native trees and backyard fruit trees affordable and accessible in our community, and it is also a fundraiser for our conservation programs and education. We are proud to source almost exclusively from Vermont and New York, with only occasional gaps filled by growers in other regions. This ensures the trees we sell you will be appropriate for our climate, and supports our local land-based economy. In 2018 we sold 5,300 stems of 46 different species to over 150 customers. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you and your trees this year!

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Planting Tips & Info

Make sure you’re ready for your trees and berries with both general and species-specific planting and care information.

Catalog

Catalog

See full descriptions of all the trees, shrubs, and wildflower seed mixes we offer.