At Moore Tree Farm, they have a designated place for people to return their tree after the holidays are over and get it recycled.
“The natural trees are good for the environment, prevent erosion, are homes for birds and squirrels, and then when you are done with a cut tree you can bring it back here or to your curbside and it will be chipped so you can use it for mulch at your home. It’s true recycling locally,” Kay Moore said.
She says while artificial trees last longer in your home, they are not an environmentally-friendly option.
“A plastic tree is probably in your home for five to six years and then it ends up in a landfill for unfortunately hundreds of years. It’s just not good for the environment,” Kay Moore said.
With the holidays just around the corner, Richard Moore says they have a large staff of over 40 employees, ranging from young to old, on the farm.
“We have a lot of high school students where this is their first job, and a lot of people who are retired and this is their second career,” Richard Moore said.
The Moore's try to keep everything about their farm local, whether it's locally-grown or locally-sourced.
“Everything sold is made in New York,” from the trees to the wreaths to the Christmas ornaments for sale in the gift shop, says Kay Moore.