SPRINGWATER — It has been five decades of family tradition and great service at the All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm.
Katherine Humphrey began the business with her husband, William, and has continued the tradition with her daughter, Jerrianne, and grandchildren, Isabel and Theodore Scheiderich.
There are still plans in the works on how to celebrate 50 years worth of a legacy, but to start with there is currently a big sale.
Humphrey said the main thing right now is the deal on Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata) seedlings.
“If you buy 50 Western Redcedar seedlings you get 50 free,” she said. “Everyone can plant their own trees. They come bare rooted, so there is no soil or pot.”
The seedlings are about four feet, and grow to be nice and sturdy.
Humphrey mentioned that this deal with the Western Redcedar is meant to help that along, and that it is important to have trees.
“We need more trees to help the environment,” she said. “They suck up the carbon dioxide, and provide us with oxygen.”
“This is the 50th year we have planted trees,” Humphrey continued. “It came into my mind that it would be a nice thing to promote. I had all of these seedlings, and I don’t want to throw them away. Some people might be interested in only planting one or two, but others will like having 100.”
There are five students working on the Christmas Tree Farm; Nathan Gibson, Alex Sanders, Jesse Cronk, Damein Eldridge, and Benjamin Beckley. They provide a lot of help for the Humphrey Family.
“Our mission is to provide jobs for youth, produce high quality trees, preserve the environment and protect the farm way of life,” Humphrey said.
On April 21 All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm will be at the First Ever Earth Dance at the Little Lakes Community Center in the old Hemlock school. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with speakers, music, poetry, food, and much more. It is located at 4705 South Main Street in Hemlock.
“We will be promoting Earth Day and Arbor Day while we are there,” Humphrey said. “We are trying to get more people to plant trees on those days.”
“This is the first year they are doing this at the old Hemlock school,” Humphrey added. “The school was going to be torn down, but a group of people got together and saved it. They do a wonderful job filling it with activities.”
For more information on All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm visit http://www.allwesterntrees.com/ and for the Little Lakes Community Center visit http://www.littlelakesny.org/
All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm is located at 6840 Liberty Pole Road in Springwater. They can be reached at 585-669-2659.