Tis the Season For Chub Lake Tree Farm

By KBJR News 1

December 2, 2011 Updated Dec 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (Northlands NewsCenter) -- Holiday season is in full swing and decorating your living room with a green pine might be the next item on the "to do" list.

The Chub Lake Tree Farm, was a plan of action for the Jim and Beverly Whorton to keep their two boys occupied as kids. A chance to make some money and learn about hard work.

"We bought this land then we started planting trees and they would help us plant, then they would water them for us when they were real young, but by the time they were 16 years old they got a better idea and they decided to get jobs elsewhere."

The Tree farm has been growing, cutting and stacking trees since 1985. Jim Whorton says families continue to come every year, some of which are third generation.

"Many of those folks we've gotten to know by name now. Some are in the third generation. Some came here as babies in arms with their folks to pick a tree. Then they graduated to being pulled in a sled, now they're pulling their youngsters in a sled out here picking out that tree for Christmas holiday season."

The one thing that deters people from getting a real tree are little pine needles that get stuck in your carpet. At the Chub Lake Tree Farm, they have a perfect tool that will help you get rid of those pine needles before you take it home.

"We run their tree through a shaker to dislodge all those older dead needles so they do not end up on the living room floor. We run it through a bailer to kind of tie it up into a tighter bundle, easier for them to get home on top of a van or in the back of the pickup."

And for the fifth year, Chub Lake Tree Farms is the sight for the "Trees for Troops" program that will distribute Christmas trees to soldiers over seas.

"Either buy a tree for 25 dollars and it will go on the trailer with a tag with their name on it. Or they can just put loose change in a jar that's on our checkout desk."

The program sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association hopes to send 17 thousand trees this year. If reached, 100 thousand trees will have been provided for military families since 2005.

The Tree's for Troops effort will be conducted the first weekend in December. Members of the local National Guard unit Crazy Troop will be on hand to help load the pine trees.

Jordan Weinand