I’ve been asked a lot where we found our organic Christmas tree farm so I thought I would do a post about Organic Christmas Tree Farms in Washington State! If you didn’t read my other post on why we buy an organic Christmas tree (and lead free Christmas lights) click here. The main driver is I didn’t want to bring a tree into our house that had been sprayed with pesticides and Roundup had used on (as most are).
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I have a post to organic Christmas tree farms in different states. Some states don’t have as much listed like my state of Washington. Here is what I have found so far. We live in the city so finding something that was a reasonable drive from Seattle was important to me.
Organic Christmas Tree Farms in Washington State
- Riverview Farm This tree farm was recommended to me by Fall City Tree farm when they weren’t able to open because of a bad year. We have been here the last few years. The owner is super nice and uses no chemicals on any of his trees. There isn’t much to do here except cut down a tree 🙂 They do have a small bonfire. One year my son wanted a small tree for our family room and the owner said we could have it for free – which was so nice! They no longer do this but I’m a big fan of how nice the guy is that runs this
- Buttonwood Farm is one of the few certified organic tree farms in Washington. It is located in the Redmond valley near Woodinville/Redmond/Kirkland. They are very nice and everything is well run. The trees here are more expensive than other places like Riverview but it’s a great option! We have been here a few years and you will find a nice tree. The family that runs this tree farm is very nice and helpful.
- Organic you cut Christmas tree farm: Misty Meadows. They are primarily a chicken and egg farm but have the trees for December. They are northeast of Bellingham. A great choice for those that live north but a bit of a drive for those of us that live in Seattle (at least an hour and a half) or to the south.
- Fall City Tree Farm is not certified organic but they do not spray or use ground fertilizer. What they told me is that they do lose a small percentage of trees due to various diseases, insets, and deer. At this point, they don’t use any chemicals but since they are trying to make a living they have always said that if necessary they would go with chemicals (except insecticides). They haven’t had to do any of this up to this point. They don’t have any entertainment except usually a bonfire blazing, homemade doughnuts, and cider. They open the first weekend of December. We like to get our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. I was hoping to go here but since they don’t open until December we haven’t been able to check it out.
- Bill Pace Fruit and Produce has pre-cut Christmas trees that use no chemicals at all. They said that they are organic but not certified. All of the trees are at their year around market and the address is listed on their site. This was the only pre-cut Christmas trees I could find.
- Carnation Tree Farm is certified Salmon Safe. You can read about their green farming practices. After sending several emails back and forth, and them saying that they used no sprays and were Salmon-Safe, I did find out that they use Roundup as a weed control mostly around their new seedlings. This was a bummer to find out. They told me that they plant approximately 2,000 seedlings each year spread out throughout the property. I asked if they only used it the first year and they said it depends on the growth and size of the trees. They have a gift shop in a portion of the barn and they have Santa there as well. They have a small unheated sheltered area where local groups do bake sales and people can get out of the weather if needed. The bottom line is that they do not spray their trees but do use Roundup around the trees (which you will be walking in and I’m sure gets to the trees). A friend went to this tree farm and said it was super cute.
- Keith & Scott Tree Farm when I called them they told me that they do not spray any chemicals or use any ground fertilizer like Roundup (it would be good to verify this info again if you plan on going here). This looks like a cute little farm and a great place to find a tree!
- Another option for the adventurous is always getting a permit from the national forest service and getting your tree that way. It’s an inexpensive way, I believe $5, to get a Christmas tree but it’s a drive from the city and a hike in and out to get your tree. More information can be found here.
I hope this list was helpful. If you know of any organic or sustainable / non-chemical using tree farms please let me know!
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