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

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!

All Episodes

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!

Nov 24

33 min 54 sec

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!

Nov 9

16 min 53 sec

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.

Oct 27

47 min 26 sec

Lienna Hoeg, Research Technician, teaches us some simple steps to ensure safety with loading Christmas Trees in the busiest of seasons!

Sep 28

6 min 58 sec

In this episode, John & Jeanette Reeves and Marty Murphy discuss the local history of the Christmas tree industry in Nova Scotia! 

Jul 23

46 min 33 sec

In this Lunchbreak, Jay Woodworth and Lienna Hoeg present Herbicide Recommendation and the updated Pesticide Guide. 

Jul 8

40 min 15 sec

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!

Jun 22

20 min 17 sec

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! 

Jun 4

32 min 37 sec

In this session, Jay runs over the Soil Fertility results and gives an outline of recommendations for soil health in Nova Scotia!

May 27

46 min 58 sec

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!

May 14

29 min 49 sec

In this episode, Lienna Hoeg speaks about weed identification, controls, and solutions to mitigate in your Christmas Tree lots!

May 4

28 min 46 sec

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!

Apr 29

44 min 32 sec

In this episode, Jill Chappell speaks about Mental Health in the workplace, in agriculture, and in the Christmas Tree Industry! 

Apr 6

39 min 52 sec

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 

Mar 1

34 min 27 sec

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.

Jan 9

21 min 34 sec

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.

Jan 9

28 min 30 sec

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.

Jan 9

1 hr 3 min

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.

Jan 9

32 min 32 sec

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.

Jan 8

10 min 52 sec

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.

Jan 8

17 min 47 sec

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.

Jan 8

55 min 12 sec

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.

Jan 8

13 min 53 sec

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.

Jan 8

34 min 40 sec

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.

Jan 8

33 min 10 sec

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! 

Dec 2020

20 min 45 sec

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! 

Dec 2020

18 min 45 sec

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!

Nov 2020

18 min 11 sec

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! 

Nov 2020

26 min 16 sec