Spring Tree Sale 2020
Welcome to the Franklin County Conservation District’s annual spring tree sale! The sale is by pre-order only.
As of April 6, 2020 we are no longer accepting orders for this year’s sale. Let us know if you’d like information about next year’s!
Pick-up days to be determined, but between Wednesday April 29th and Wednesday May 6, Franklin County Field Days grounds – 294 Airport Rd., Highgate, VT
We are working out systems to still unite people with their tree orders this spring in the context of COVID-19. As such we are making many adjustments to our process, including:
- Sales closed April 5th at 10pm instead of April 17th. This gives us the extra time needed to organize receipt and distribution of the trees.
- We cannot accept volunteers for our tree sale this year, except to pick-up another customer’s trees and deliver them to their house.
- We will be making changes to our pickup system, including expanding pickup over a series of days. You may be asked to pickup on a specific day other than Saturday May 2nd. We will keep in touch with all our customers to let you know our plans and your options. Feel free to call us if you have specific questions about pickup logistics or your safety through pickup.
- Overstocks will not be for sale at pick-up – they will be donated to local nurseries and nonprofits.
- If you have placed an order and wish to cancel because of COVID-19, please let us know as soon as possible and we will refund your order. Because all our orders with nurseries were placed in the early winter, we are not able to cancel our orders with our suppliers – if you choose to cancel and you are able, please consider making a donation to support our unrecovered costs. We cannot issue refunds for cancellations made after April 19th.
- As with many businesses and organizations, COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the cashflow of this program including higher organizational costs, lost revenue and lost payment processing fees on refunded orders. Our mission is to make trees affordable and available in our community, and to support the local growers who provide them. If you are able, please consider a donation.
We’re sorry to have to make these changes and we thank you for your flexibility. We’re grateful to still be able to connect you with the trees you ordered, and we hope they bring you hope and health.
As always, feel free reach out with any questions. Our office is open via remote only until the COVID-19 Stay Home Stay Safe order is lifted. To reach us, please email email@example.com or call phone: 802-528-4176. We look forward to seeing you and your trees!
Volunteer and receive up to 20% off your order
How are your trees growing? Get $2 off for completing our survey!
Free trees available for restoration projects
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.
Related Sales - Mushrooms and Trout
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. Check out our Mushroom Growing page to learn more!
Raise Trout in your Pond
Every spring the District offers trout for stocking ponds. Bags of 25 6-8″ fish are sold for pick-up, and lots of 50 10-12″ fish can be delivered to your pond. Check out our Trout Sale page to learn more!
History of the Franklin County Tree Sale
Complete our survey, and receive $2 off your order! Thank you!
Make sure you’re ready for your trees and berries with both general and species-specific planting and care information.
See full descriptions of all the trees, shrubs, and wildflower seed mixes we offer.
Order rainbow or native brook trout for stocking you pond!
Buy supplies for growing your own winecap or shiitake mushrooms, and sign up for our April workshop!