CHRISTMAS TREES IN HAWAII?

The Big Island of Hawaii is quite possibly the best place on the planet to live for just about anything locally grown. Even so, Christmas trees in Hawaii are the one commodity that most people will get imported.

 
For years, I supported a local family that imported trees from Oregon despite the heavy pesticide load of commercially grown trees and environmental burden created by shipping all that distance. If nothing else, I figured that a local family was getting my cash instead of handing it over to a big box store.
 

Pine Trees in Hawaii

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For a few years, there were rumors about a local Christmas tree grower, but the one time I had tried looking it up online, there was no information to be found. This year, however, I accidentally tracked them down when I commended someone for getting their tree early when I spotted it on top of their car in a parking lot.

 

Where to purchase Christmas Trees in Hawaii

 

Open from November 1 through the holidays, the Hamakua Christmas Tree Forest grows Portuguese and Arizona cypress trees in the small town of Nīnole a few miles north of Hilo. At the cost of $10 per foot, I personally think it’s a reasonable price to be paid directly to the family growing it all year.

 

Christmas in Hawaii

Although they’re not systematically poisoned the same way pines on the mainland are, they must receive a periodic treatment for ants. According to the owner, an extermination company is hired to spray only the base of the trees to keep red ants at bay. If you’ve lived in the tropics for any length of time, you know that ants and other pests can be a nightmare.

 

You can order your tree online, then choose one upon arrival, paying extra if you go significantly above what you’ve already paid for. Some people choose their tree in person first — reserving it by putting an ornament on it and paying in advance, then come back later with their truck and tools.

 

Pine Trees in Hawaii

 

If you forget to bring a saw, don’t worry. They have a variety of saws on site which you can borrow.

 

While fragrant, these trees won’t bring that strong pine smell into your home. If that’s important to you, you can decorate with some pine-scented ornaments.

 

These trees are not always perfectly shaped, which is a good thing because with the remnants, you can make your own wreaths. Conversely, cut off branches can be rooted in soil and planted so you can start growing your own!

 

If you’re on the Big Island, next Christmas, be sure to support this local business. Bring the family and make a day of it!

 

If you’re looking for gifts for your chicks, check out my top 20 gifts for chickens.

20 Perfect Gifts for Chickens

Humans aren’t the only species that loves to receive gifts! Treat your flock like family and keep them well and entertained.  After all, happy chickens are healthy chickens!  If you don’t know what to get, here are 20 gifts for chickens that are sure to delight.

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Chicken feeders & Treats

Chickens, like everyone, need plenty of fresh water and nutritious food (and the occasional treat, too).  

Roosty's DIY Chicken Waterer Kit

Details: create your own chicken nipple waterer system to ensure your girls always have fresh and clean water.

Details: stimulates chickens’ natural foraging, gathering and fighting behavior and also provides a source of entertainment for chickens to vent their emotions

Details: signature mix of certified organic grains, cracked corn, sunflower seeds, mealworms, river shrimp & more. Have a happy flock, healthier chickens AND eggs!

Gifts For Chickens on the Move

Travel in style with your feathered friends.  Take them for a walk dressed up in a bow tie, or for a car ride in a carrier crate.  

Details: Smaller holes on the floor than on the sides. Hand grips on the ends for lifting and carrying. Also works for small animals and game birds.

Details: if your hen is pecked by other chickens, these aprons can protect your hen from being pecked. They protect your hen from the sun and rain, and help cover her shoulders, back and even tail.

Details: Teach your fowls to walk on a leash and find your peace of mind again. Adjust the size to your needs to make sure your chickens are 100% comfy. Three colors of bow ties included.

Chicken Gifts: Coop Accessories

Their coop is their castle, so great gifts for chickens are to help them stay warm, protected, and also have some fun!

Details:  covered with a sun-resistant and waterproof roof that perfectly drains rain, snow or debris. It can be used as a habitat for small pets or can be set up as a planting protection shed for garden plants.

Details: overheating protection design and anti-bite electric cord, this heater has a powerful thermal protection system. Suitable for the chicken coop, dog house, or under your desk at office or home.

Details: an ideal place for your birds to swing, play, climb, and chew. Reduces coop boredom and brings smiles to the people that care for them. Easy to install. Durable, non-toxic, and sanitary

Details: open in the morning & close in the evening automatically by setting the timer or using the easily adjusted (LUX) Light Sensor. Simply press the button if you wish to open & close manually.

Details: built-in sensor when closing to detect when there is an obstruction under the door to prevent injury to chickens. Protects Chickens From Predators.

Details: 7 perching rods can keep your chicks off the wet ground, reduce bacterial infections, and learn to jump faster. The perfect toys for your chicks!

Details: the combination of toys are good gifts for your girls, which are always attracted by crisp sounds and vibrant colors, providing chickens with a fun experience, helping them enhance sensory ability as well as getting rid of loneliness and boredom.

Details: the Peck Stops Here contains a combination of botanical oils that helps deter birds from picking and plucking on wounds and sores. These behaviors, when left unresolved, can lead to pox and other serious issues.

Details: signs bound to bring a giggle or two to your face no matter your mood. Show off your fondness for your growing flock of tiny dinosaurs with our novelty chicken signs.

Gifts for Nesting Hens

Treat nesting hens and their eggs to comfort with these fine products.

Details: Aspen nest pads help to provide cleaner, fresher and more hatchable eggs. They can be used with any size nesting box and are easy to place in the nesting box.

Details: no more will your hens destroy freshly laid eggs. Our ceramic brown eggs are strong and durable, once you replace the real with dummy brown eggs, your chickens will soon stop. 

Details: use in & around the chicken coop by sprinkling a generous amount in the nest boxes, litter & dust bath areas. Wonderful for use in your home or office in a decorative dish or at the base of plants!

Details: the lower cover tray, being tilted, allows the eggs to roll; are kept clean of excrement and are protected. Being covered by a lid, it prevents the chickens from pecking or stepping on the eggs.

Details: No need to manually turn the eggs, automatic incubator has an invisible turner. Incubator holds 9-12 eggs and it can hatch chickens, ducks, fowl, geese, etc.

Looking for gifts? Check out these (Mostly) Practical Gifts For Homesteaders

(Mostly) Practical Gifts for Homesteaders

Christmas is around the corner! Here are a few of my favorite items that you and your loved ones may enjoy too.

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Best Gifts for Aspiring Homesteaders

Whether you’re a city gardener or farm an acreage, here are some gifts for homesteaders that will help you, your garden, and the environment.

Gifts for Aspiring Homesteaders

Fun Gifts for Farmers

Who says farmers only wear plaid? Jazz things up a bit with some unique clothing, and don’t forget to wind down at the end of the day, too!

Fun Gifts for Farmers
You may also be interested in reading, My Favorite Cookbook

My Favorite Cookbook

I cook darn near everything from scratch and so people are always asking me where I get my recipes from. Let’s just say that I have a collection of over 400 traditional and antique cookbooks. These contain some of the best recipes. Until the 1900s, when food gradually became slave to food processing, the authors of these books didn’t worry about things like fat, meat and salt. People ate for pleasure and for health.

One modern cookbook that I treasure is called Nourishing Traditions. It is the master-work of researcher Sally Fallon and world-renowned lipid biochemist Mary Enig, PhD. The book not only contains traditional recipes and techniques from around the globe, it contains an excellent overview of the importance of animal products, salt and fat (for example).

One thing you should bear in mind is that if you suffer from serious food allergies, not all of the recipes will be suitable for you, but with over 500 pages of gourmet, easy-to-prepare recipes, you are bound to find many tempting and useful recipes to feed yourself and your family. Other nice features about Nourishing Traditions?

Nourishing Traditions
  • Recipes for superfoods — foods that boost your immune system or over time may help to reverse or at least halt certain medical conditions
  • Raw foods recipes
  • Info on feeding babies and children
  • Recipes for fermented foods like sauerkraut, ketchup and sourdough breads and pancakes
  • Sprouting recipes (how to sprout and how to use those sprouted nuts and grains)
  • Tidbits of information in the margins of every page including ancient knowledge on the benefits of eating certain foods as well as the conspiracies that have us believing in fake foods
  • Quizzes on the mystery ingredients contained in common “health foods”
  • And much, much more