Building family traditions at Schrempps Christmas Tree Farm

Dawn trimming trees at CSchremmps Christmas Tree Farm

Dawn at Schrempps Christmas Tree Farm

Joe Schrempps sold his first Christmas tree in 1986. Generations of local families have been making their annual pilgrimage to Schrempps Christmas Tree Farm in CLinton, CT ever since.

Joe always loved working outdoors and enjoyed a long career in the nursery industry. When he retired in 1979, Joe renovated an abandoned dairy farm in Clinton, Connecticut. He cleared the unproductive apple trees, hauled away the biggest rocks and started planting Christmas trees. Every year he added another block of trees. The 17-acre farm now has over 16,000 Christmas trees.

Andy and Dawn Piazza live near the farm and help their Uncle Joe manage the Christmas trees. Both Andy and Dawn have off-farm, full-time jobs. After their workdays and on most weekends, they each grab a pair of hedge trimmers to hand prune their trees. “This is our second full-time job. It takes pretty much the whole season to trim all the trees,” said Andy. [ Learn more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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