Pennsylvania farmers use sweat, science to craft the perfect Christmas tree

November 29, 2018

By Staff

In the olden, golden days of yore, Santa Claus stuffed a tree down the chimney on Christmas Eve with the toys and set it all up before jingling off to the next house.

Today, people are picking out pines and firs before the Thanksgiving turkey’s picked clean, and some of those trees have been genetically altered with varieties from Korea and Turkey to be nearly invincible, or at least, not drop their needles for over a month. That’s why J.D. Fleming, 65, was barking out orders and manhandling waterlogged Douglas firs in the cold rain a few days before Thanksgiving at his Indiana County farm.

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