Local Tree Farms Face Iffy Future

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Posted: December 5, 2012

Delmas Ratliff of Timberville says that, after 35 years of growing, it’s about time for him to call it quits. Several local tree farms have gone out of business in recent years as the job has become too much for aging farmers. (Photo by Candace Sipos)
Ratliff, seen here in front of his tree-wrapping machine, says he’d “be in the poor house years ago if [his family] relied on the trees” for income. (Photo by Candace Sipos)
Pick-Your-Own Tree Farms

Rockingham County

Ratliff’s Christmas Trees, Timberville, 896-8442

Evergreen Tree Farm, Keezletown, 269-2691, www.evergreenchristmastreefarm.net

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