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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW SEASONS - The Harmony J.A.C.K. farm outside Salem is growing certified organic Christmas trees, now being sold at New Seasons. New Seasons is pioneering the sale of organic Christmas trees — grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.


The Portland-based grocery chain recently ordered 300 trees that are certified organic by Oregon Tilth and the USDA. The trees will be sold for $35 to $45 at six of New Seasons’ 15 stores: Mountain Park, Cedar Hills, Happy Valley, Progress Ridge, Fisher’s Landing and Williams.

The trees were grown in Scio, outside of Salem, by Harmony J.A.C.K. Farms Inc.

“While other tree farms might be using natural or sustainable practices, Harmony J.A.C.K. is the only farm in the state to take the extra step of getting USDA and Oregon Tilth certified,” says Katie McConahay, floral merchandiser for New Seasons Market.

Oregon produces more Christmas trees than any other state.

According to New Seasons, traditional Christmas-tree growers use pesticides and herbicides, which can harm the land and remain on branches and needles long after they are harvested. Some of those toxins can be released when trees are warmed by Christmas lights.

Harmony J.A.C.K. Farm is owned by Andrew Westlund, CEO of Organically Grown Co. Westlund uses organic fertilizers and natural pest control methods. Eighteen acres of the company’s 310-acre farm have been dedicated to growing Christmas trees.

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