Plight of the pine

June’s freeze took toll on eight out of 10 trees at Sam­son farm

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY FRAM DINSHAW

Adrian Sam­son is a de­ter­mined man.

Stand­ing at the Tree­land Christ­mas Tree Farm lot on Wil­low Street, he is still sell­ing fes­tive rs and pines to cus­tomers, de­spite a June frost dam­ag­ing or killing 80 per cent of his trees.

“Un­for­tu­nately, that’s Mother Na­ture and the na­ture of the beast,” said Sam­son Satur­day. “You’re dis­cour­aged about it, but there’s noth­ing you can do, you just keep on trudg­ing ahead.”

His tree farm, about 10 km east of Truro was ham­mered by the frost six months ago, like many other grow­ers and farm­ers, who lost crops from blue­ber­ries to ap­ples.

With most of his stock dam­aged or de­stroyed, Sam­son urged cus­tomers to shop for trees a lit­tle ear­lier and many did, in the rst two weeks of De­cem­ber.

e frost that rav­aged Sam­son’s stock in the rst week of June ru­ined trees across south­west­ern and parts of cen­tral Nova Sco­tia, in­clud­ing Colch­ester County. Tree grow­ers in places like An­napo­lis and Digby were also hit hard, of­ten los­ing about half of their stock.

One area not so badly a ected was around Guys­bor­ough in eastern Nova Sco­tia.

It is from this re­gion seller Jamie Chisholm grows his trees, which he is cur­rently sell­ing in the Sobeys park­ing lot on Prince Street.

Chisholm, who says that sales are up this year as he lls in de­mand that other tree farms can­not, also en­joys a loyal cus­tomer base, with the same peo­ple re­turn­ing ev­ery year.

“It’s a hit-or-miss thing. I mean, there’s some years I get hit re­ally hard and no­body else did and it seemed like this year, I made out a lit­tle bet­ter than some other peo­ple,” said Chisholm. “I still had some dam­age, but it was not as bad as a lot of peo­ple.”

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Christ­mas tree seller Adrian Sam­son has seen his stock rav­aged by frost, but still prides him­self on sell­ing peo­ple a qual­ity prod­uct from the Tree­land Christ­mas Tree Farm lot on Wil­low Street.

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Jamie Chisholm’s Christ­mas trees were less ad­versely af­fected by the June frost and he still has plenty of stock to sell cus­tomers from the Sobeys park­ing lot just o Prince Street.

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