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Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees

Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees

By Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia

Do you love real trees? We sure do! Whether you’re looking for information on the benefits of real trees, tips on choosing a tree, where to find your real tree or advice on caring for your selected tree, you’re in the right place!

Real trees provide not only beauty and fragrance for your home, but habitat for wildlife, environmental benefits and thousands of jobs for rural Nova Scotians. Be a part of the tradition – choose a real tree!

In this podcast, we'll dive into the industry and talk to the producers who have experienced it all, ship worldwide, and always keep it real!
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Christmas Tree Cost of Production/Profit Calculator
Christmas Tree Cost of Production/Profit Calculator
Created and provided by Barrington Consulting Group the Cost of Production/Profit Calculator is used to support the Cost of Production Report which can be found here. 
03:57
June 15, 2022
How To Graft on Balsam Fir Root Stock
How To Graft on Balsam Fir Root Stock
Let the CTCNS Research Team take you through the Grafting process with Balsam Fir root stock, in-greenhouse and in-field, while using Nova Scotian owned Exotic scions collected from an orchard February 2022.
10:48
May 17, 2022
Phosphorus Dip Trial & Spongy Moth Monitoring Program Research Results - w/ Lienna Hoeg, ACTS
Phosphorus Dip Trial & Spongy Moth Monitoring Program Research Results - w/ Lienna Hoeg, ACTS
Thank you CTCNS' Acting Christmas Tree Specialist, Lienna Hoeg, for reviewing the 2021 research projects on the Phosphorus Dip Trials and Spongy Moth Monitoring Program.
25:32
April 13, 2022
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Small Scale Nursery: Collection and Starting Seedlings with Shaun Scott and Jackie MacDonald
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Small Scale Nursery: Collection and Starting Seedlings with Shaun Scott and Jackie MacDonald
In the October Lunchbreak Session, Shaun Scott and Jackie MacDonald, from Scott & Stewart Forestry,  help us learn about starting fir seedlings on a small scale. With the demand for fir seedlings high and raising, this session will help new and experienced growers with the short supply and development within their business.
47:44
April 12, 2022
Business Planning - Alana Hirtle, CBDC NOBL - Lunchbreak Series
Business Planning - Alana Hirtle, CBDC NOBL - Lunchbreak Series
Let Alana Hirtle teach you about the importance of creating a business plan, the fundamentals within a plan, and share some resources to help you write one for your Christmas tree farm!
49:44
April 06, 2022
Agri-Tourism Opportunities - Tourism Nova Scotia - Lunchbreak Series
Agri-Tourism Opportunities - Tourism Nova Scotia - Lunchbreak Series
Tourism Nova Scotia, Tourism Development Advisors, Melanie Lowe, and Erin Hume share their expertise with the Christmas tree producers of Nova Scotia on how they can be more involved in Agri-tourism! Listen in on some stats about what tourists in Nova Scotia are attracted to, how producers can elevate their current operations, and all of the resources and opportunities there are available for growing visitors and sales to your business all year round!
58:46
February 23, 2022
15 Financial Management Tips to Increase Productivity, Build Wealth & Prepare Your Business for Sale.
15 Financial Management Tips to Increase Productivity, Build Wealth & Prepare Your Business for Sale.
Join Shane Kennedy (Co-Operators) & Marc Zirka (My Strategy Up) as they share high-impact tips and advice to better protect your business/family, make your money work better for you, increase financial productivity, prepare your business to attract top dollar at succession and much more. https://www.cooperators.ca/local/shane-kennedy/ https://www.mystrategyup.com/
54:41
January 26, 2022
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Creating the Blue Button Campaign
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Creating the Blue Button Campaign
In this episode, we discuss with m5 Marketing Communications and Brittany Frenette, Outreach Manager from CTCNS, how the Blue Button Campaign was created and the importance of the Campaign being entirely made in Nova Scotia!
26:51
December 22, 2021
New Entrant Seminar - Lunchbreak Series with Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth
New Entrant Seminar - Lunchbreak Series with Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth
Are you a New Entrant to the Christmas tree industry? Check out this Lunchbreak session to learn about the basics of Christmas trees and how CTCNS can help you start your business!
33:55
November 24, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Local Balsam Fir Products - Saltbox Brewing Company
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Local Balsam Fir Products - Saltbox Brewing Company
We're taking a divide into one of Nova Scotia Local breweries, Saltbox Brewing Company, and connecting their Balsam Blue beer and the Christmas Tree Industry. This interview with Andrew Tanner teaches us about Saltbox, how the beer is made, and the connection of local products to the industry!
16:54
November 09, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Safe Loading Practices w/ Lienna Hoeg
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Safe Loading Practices w/ Lienna Hoeg
Lienna Hoeg, Research Technician, teaches us some simple steps to ensure safety with loading Christmas Trees in the busiest of seasons!
06:59
September 28, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Local History - Interview with John & Jeanette Reeves and Marty Murphy
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Local History - Interview with John & Jeanette Reeves and Marty Murphy
In this episode, John & Jeanette Reeves and Marty Murphy discuss the local history of the Christmas tree industry in Nova Scotia! 
46:34
July 23, 2021
Lunchbreak Series w/ Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Herbicide Recommendations & Pesticide Guide Updates w/ Lienna Hoeg
Lunchbreak Series w/ Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Herbicide Recommendations & Pesticide Guide Updates w/ Lienna Hoeg
In this Lunchbreak, Jay Woodworth and Lienna Hoeg present Herbicide Recommendation and the updated Pesticide Guide. 
40:15
July 08, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - History of the Christmas Tree
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - History of the Christmas Tree
Marty Murphy from New Ross, NS, takes us through where the tradition of the Christmas tree started, the industry history, and when our tricks-of-the-trade came into play! Check out the next episode of Real Trees, Real Talk where we explore Nova Scotian Christmas tree history as well!
20:17
June 22, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Women in Agriculture
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Women in Agriculture
In this episode, we talk to Lienna Hoeg, the Research Technician with CTCNS, Jackie MacDonald, the Nursery Manager with Scott & Stewart Forestry Consultants Ltd., and Jeanette Reeves with J&M Reeves Christmas Greens Ltd. about their experiences in agriculture! 
32:37
June 04, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Soil Fertility Goals
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Soil Fertility Goals
In this session, Jay runs over the Soil Fertility results and gives an outline of recommendations for soil health in Nova Scotia!
46:59
May 27, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Jackie MacDonald and Shaun Scott
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Jackie MacDonald and Shaun Scott
On this episode of Real Trees, Real Talk, we interview Jackie MacDonald and Shaun Scott, from Scott & Stewart Forestry Consultants Ltd. They tell us what they do at Scott & Stewart, the process of raising balsam fir trees, and the planting process! Check it out to see where you can start your Christmas tree lot!
29:49
May 14, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Weed Identification w/Lienna Hoeg
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Weed Identification w/Lienna Hoeg
In this episode, Lienna Hoeg speaks about weed identification, controls, and solutions to mitigate in your Christmas Tree lots!
28:47
May 04, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Marty Murphy & Gordon Tate
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Marty Murphy & Gordon Tate
Starting the 2021 podcast season with an inspiring story, we interviewed Marty Murphy, who created Ruby's Trail and Travelling Rock with his wife, Wanda, in New Ross, Nova Scotia. We also interview Gordon Tate, the Active Living Coordinator for the Municipality of Chester, on how other Christmas Tree Producers and lot owners can become part of these types of projects. Check it out to hear Marty's poem, song, and amazing story!
44:32
April 29, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Mental Health w/ Jill Chappell
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Mental Health w/ Jill Chappell
In this episode, Jill Chappell speaks about Mental Health in the workplace, in agriculture, and in the Christmas Tree Industry! 
39:53
April 06, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Christmas Tree Grading
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Christmas Tree Grading
Jay Woodworth speaks about how to grade Christmas trees within Nova Scotia and discusses why its important with growers attending! This podcast is better listened to on YouTube as there is lots of reference to a slideshow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8Uupj-yXRA&t=1s 
34:27
March 01, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - New Entrant Kit
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - New Entrant Kit
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is the New Entrant Kit! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
21:35
January 09, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Safety Series Part 2 - Mind the Gap
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Safety Series Part 2 - Mind the Gap
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Safety Series Pt. 2 - Mind the Gap! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
28:31
January 09, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Safety Series Part 1
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Safety Series Part 1
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Safety Series Part 1! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
01:03:57
January 09, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Christmas Tree Genetics
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Christmas Tree Genetics
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Christmas Tree Genetics! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
32:33
January 09, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Using the Christmas Tree Pest Management Guide
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Using the Christmas Tree Pest Management Guide
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Using the Christmas Tree Pest Management Guide! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
10:53
January 08, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Shearing
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Shearing
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Shearing! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
17:47
January 08, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Navigating Provincial Landscape Viewer
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Navigating Provincial Landscape Viewer
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Navigating Provincial Landscape Viewer! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
55:13
January 08, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Developing a Lot Scouting Program
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Developing a Lot Scouting Program
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Developing a Lot Scouting Program! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
13:54
January 08, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Interpreting Soil Test Results
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Interpreting Soil Test Results
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Interpreting Soil Test Results! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
34:41
January 08, 2021
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Establishing a Christmas Tree Lot
Lunchbreak Series with Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist Jay Woodworth - Establishing a Christmas Tree Lot
The Lunchbreak series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month through the Zoom platform. To be put on the email list for the Lunchbreak sessions, please contact Brittany at outreach@ctcns.com. Our host is Jay Woodworth, the Perennia Christmas Tree Specialist, who covers a different topic every month request by or holds an interest to the producers! This month it is Establishing a Christmas Tree Lot! You can find the Lunchbreak Series for 2020 and soon to be 2021 on our Youtube channel named Christmas Tree Council NS. As they are uploaded on Youtube, they will also be available here, on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more podcast platforms.
33:10
January 08, 2021
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Richard Levy
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Richard Levy
In this episode, we interview Richard Levy, the President of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia! He speaks on his experience in executive positions throughout the industry, shares a bit of history, and his passion for the career. This is the last episode for the 2020 year, so be sure to follow the Christmas Tree Council's social media and website for updates throughout the next year!  Happy Holidays! 
20:45
December 14, 2020
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interviews with Anzil Blackadar and Andrew Crouse
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interviews with Anzil Blackadar and Andrew Crouse
In this episode, we discuss tricks of the tree industry trade, receive some insights on the Christmas Tree Industry, and hear more funny stories from the tree lots! This is the second last episode before the holidays and we are thrilled to share it with Anzil Blackadar and Andrew Crouse! 
18:45
December 03, 2020
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interviews with Jim Delong and Andrew Crouse
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interviews with Jim Delong and Andrew Crouse
In this episode, we're discussing the many donated trees within the Province of Nova Scotia! Jim Delong and Andrew Crouse give us lots of insight on their participation and experiences within the industry and their activity and preparation for this busy time of year!
18:11
November 23, 2020
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Jack Wentzell
Real Trees, Real Talk - Why Nova Scotia Loves Real Christmas Trees - Interview with Jack Wentzell
In the first podcast of our four-episode series, we will be interviewing Jack Wentzell, a Christmas Tree Producer from Lunenburg County. We'll be  learning about what the tree producer's operations are in the run of a year, what the markets for Christmas Trees call for, and hearing some entertaining stories from the industry! 
26:17
November 06, 2020