Hollow Creek Tree Farm prepares for the holidays - DatelineCarolina

Hollow Creek Tree Farm prepares for the holidays

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Owner Mike McCartha continues his father's business for the farm's 40th Christmas season. Owner Mike McCartha continues his father's business for the farm's 40th Christmas season.
Cutting down Christmas trees allows the farm to replant and promote a sustainable farm. Cutting down Christmas trees allows the farm to replant and promote a sustainable farm.

By: Rachael Lackner

Hollow Creek Tree Farm in Gilbert is open for its 40th Christmas season. The farms plants nine types of Christmas trees year around.

Owner Mike McCartha says his father started the business while on leave from the Marine Corps.

"During that month at home, he would plan the Christmas tree farm. He did planting and the mowing and the agricultural practices," McCartha said.

The farm plants thousands of trees. Even though people cut down trees, McCartha says it still helps the environment.

"If people didn't cut these trees, these trees wouldn't be here, something else would be here. The fact that you're able to cut them allows us to replant and promote a sustainable type farm," McCartha said.

Families visit the farm to the pick out a tree generation after generation, like customer Robert Wylie's family.

"[My wife has] been doing this her whole life, and I've been doing it the last seven years. This is a great place and great people run it," Wylie said.

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