With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, it's a good time to start thinking about plans for decorations, specifically for Christmas trees.
Wayne Tuttle owns a tree farm located behind SRT Communications on North Broadway, near the new Erik Ramstad Middle School, where there are probably a thousand blue spruce trees on 15 acres. Tuttle bought the land in the spring of 2013. Al Dietz, original owner of the tree farm, planted the trees 20 years ago.
In an effort to reduce and remove inventory, Tuttle would like to donate the blue spruce Christmas trees to churches, non-profit organizations, schools, disabled veterans or organizations for disabled veterans, nursing homes, hospitals and city and county offices. He also plans to sell the trees to the general public for $25.
Blue spruce trees fill 15 acres of land at the tree farm right behind SRT on North Broadway in Minot. Wayne Tuttle, owner, will be donating the trees for Christmas, cut to size, to churches, non-profit organizations and other places.
"I won't charge for the tree, just for cutting it," Tuttle said.
"I'll deliver (the trees) to disabled veterans," Tuttle added. "Disabled veterans are near and dear to me because I am one."
His son will move the trees for people as well.
Trees will be cut from the top down, as much or as little as a person wants, Tuttle explained, and then he will burn whatever is left over. If people want the leftover trees for firewood, they can call Tuttle and he'll meet them at the tree farm. The reason for wanting people to call first is so that they're not walking around the tree farm on their own.
"But if people want to come in without a power saw," he added, and want to physically cut their own tree, they are also encouraged to call Tuttle and he'll meet them at the tree farm.
Operating a tree farm is a lot of work, Tuttle said. It's fun to own it, he added, but he wants to get out of it since there isn't much money in operating a tree farm. The work involves mostly mowing and spraying, Tuttle said, and transplanting trees take quite a bit of work as well.
Through his work in real estate, Tuttle became interested in operating the tree farm. His business partner from Las Vegas saw the property and asked if Tuttle wanted to become partners.
"My wife wasn't so sure about it at first, though," he said.
"I'm an avid sportsman and like to be outdoors, too," he added.
Eventually, all of the tress on the farm will make way for future development. Tuttle said the west end of the farm will be commercial property, while the other part will be industrial. One thing that will be built on the land will be 400 units of apartments, he added.
"I don't want to bulldoze or tear them down," Tuttle said about the trees, and is hoping a lot of people will want them for Christmas. "I'm not looking for financial gain. I'm just doing something nice."
People interested in getting a Christmas tree from Tuttle's tree farm can call him at 240-6667 or his wife Lucy at 240-6707.