Christmas Tree Farm 🎄 | Nature Boom Time

Christmas Tree Farm 🎄 | Nature Boom Time


[TICKING].CHARLIE: HEY, YOU ALWAYS
GOTTA BE IN THE BACKGROUND.[INAUDIBLE CHATTER][MUMBLING AND STUTTERING]KIRBY: WHERE ARE WE? CHARLIE: WHAT’S UP GUYS? I’M CHARLIE, KIRBYS ON CAMERA
AND PATRICK’S OVER THERE. TODAY WE’RE IN CORVALLIS,
OREGON AT HOLIDAY TREE FARMS CHECKING OUT SOME
CHRISTMAS TREES.[ALARM BELL].[FIREWORKS].CHARLIE: ALRIGHT, SO WHILE
TRAVELING UP THE WEST COAST LAST SUMMER WE PLANNED A
PRETTY AWESOME SIDE TRIP TO PROBABLY THE MOST FESTIVE
PLACE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD SAVE FOR THE NORTH
POLE, CORVALLIS, OREGON. YOU SEE, THE BOOM TIME
CREW LOVES CHRISTMAS, AND NATURALLY, ONE OF
OUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS IS
THE TREES. THERE ARE 350 MILLION
CHRISTMAS TREES GROWING ON FARMS IN THE U.S.
RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN FIND THE MOST IN
THE STATE OF OREGON. THE BEST TREES IN OREGON ARE
GROWN IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY, AND THE TOP TREE FARM IN THE
WILLAMETTE VALLEY IS RIGHT NEAR CORVALLIS,
HOLIDAY TREE FARMS. THEY’RE THE LARGEST
CHRISTMAS TREE SUPPLIER NOT ONLY IN THE VALLEY,
OR EVEN IN OREGON, OR EVEN IN THE U.S. THEY’RE THE LARGEST
CHRISTMAS TREE PRODUCER IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! PRETTY INTENSE STUFF. SO, WE HAD TO GO
CHECK IT OUT. SO WE MET UP WITH SOME
FRIENDS, MARK AND JEFF, THEY WORK AT HOLIDAY, AND THEY
WERE NICE ENOUGH TO SHOW US AROUND AND CLUE US IN AS TO
HOW THEY GROW THEIR TREES. MARK AND JEFF HAVE 6.5 MILLION
CHRISTMAS TREES ON THE GROUND IN THEIR FARM, AND THEY ALL
START AS SEEDS INSIDE THIS BIG OLD REFRIGERATOR,
THEIR SEED BANK. THESE SEEDS ARE STORED AT A
CHILLY 0 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR UNTIL
IT’S THEIR TIME TO GROW. AFTER WAITING IN THE
FRIDGE FOR A BIT, EACH SEED IS PLANTED
IN SOIL, PREPPED, AND GROWN SUPER CLOSE
TOGETHER IN THE NURSERY. THERE ARE USUALLY OVER A
MILLION CHRISTMAS TREE SEEDLINGS GROWING IN
THE GREENHOUSES AT HOLIDAY TREE FARM. THEY’LL WAIT HERE FOR ABOUT
2 MONTHS, GETTING WATER, SOAKING UP THE SUNLIGHT,
BEING CARED FOR, SOMETIMES GETTING A NICE
SAWDUST SHOWER, YOU KNOW, JUST HANGING OUT
AND GROWING A BIT. SO IT TAKES ABOUT 6 OR 7
YEARS FOR THESE TREES TO BECOME FULLY GROWN,
THEN IT’S HARVEST TIME. EACH YEAR THEY HARVEST A
MILLION CHRISTMAS TREES AT HOLIDAY TREE FARMS FOR
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. 1 MILLION, THAT’S
A LOT OF TREES. AND THEY HAVE TO HARVEST
EVERYTHING SUPER QUICKLY, BECAUSE EVERYONE TENDS TO
WANT THEIR CHRISTMAS TREES AT PRETTY MUCH
THE SAME TIME. SO WHAT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO
GET 1 MILLION CHRISTMAS TREES OUT OF THE FIELD AND READY
TO SHIP AROUND THE WORLD? SO THEY COULD USE TRUCKS,
OR LIKE A BUNCH OF ATVS, OR MAYBE THEY COULD FLOOD THE
PLACE LIKE A CRANBERRY BOG? THOSE MIGHT WORK, MAYBE, BUT
THEY FIGURED OUT ANOTHER WAY. THIS IS WHERE THINGS GET
PRETTY EPIC AT HOLIDAY, BECAUSE THE FOUND OUT THE BEST
WAY TO MOVE CHRISTMAS TREES AROUND IS BY HELICOPTER. IT’S SO NEAT! THEY SENT US SOME OLD HARVEST
FOOTAGE TO CHECK OUT AND IT’S INSANE. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS. FIRST, WORKERS CUT DOWN THE
TREES WITH CHAIN SAWS AND THEN CHUCK THEM
INTO PILES. THOSE PILES ARE BUNDLED UP. THEN THE HELICOPTERS FLY
OVER CARRYING ENORMOUS HOOKS DANGLING DOWN
ON LONG CABLES. THE COPTERS WILL PICK
UP THE BUNDLES, ZIP OVER TO A TRUCK
OR A PROCESSING AREA, AND KIND OF SWING THE
TREE BUNDLE OVER AND THEN DROP THEM. THEN THEY’LL JUST ZIP RIGHT
ON BACK TO PICK UP ANOTHER. THESE PILOTS ARE
INSANELY SKILLED, THEY BARELY SLOW DOWN AS THEY
TRANSFER BUNDLE AFTER BUNDLE OF CHRISTMAS TREES, GETTING
THEM READY FOR DELIVERY. AFTER HARVESTING
IT’S TIME TO SHIP! HOLIDAY SENDS THEIR CHRISTMAS
TREES ALL OVER THE WORLD, TO HAWAII, MEXICO, CENTRAL
AMERICA, GUAM, EVEN TO ASIA, TO HELP PEOPLE ALL
ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE A MORE FESTIVE HOLIDAY. OUR TIME AT THE CHRISTMAS
TREE FARM WAS SO GREAT, AND WE LEARNED SOME
PRETTY NEAT STUFF TOO. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THAT
ALL CHRISTMAS TREES ARE NOT THE SAME. CHECK OUT THE THREE SHOTS OF
CHRISTMAS TREES RIGHT HERE. ALL OF THESE ARE SOLD
AS CHRISTMAS TREES, BUT THEY’RE ALL DIFFERENT. SO IF YOU THINK THAT THESE
TREES LOOK PRETTY MUCH EXACTLY THE SAME,
YOU’RE NOT ALONE. WE COULDN’T TELL THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANY OF THE TREES WE
SAW AT HOLIDAY. SO MARK AND JEFF ALWAYS
HAD TO CLUE US IN ON WHAT KINDS WE WERE LOOKING AT,
THEN PAT AND KIRBY, WHO WERE WORKING THE CAMERAS,
WHISPERED THE NAMES AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SHOT
SO WE’D KNOW LATER ON. PATRICK: NORDMANN. KIRBY: NOBLE. PATRICK: NOBLE, DOUGLAS FIR. KIRBY: NORDMANN, NOBLE. PATRICK: NOBLE, GRAND FIR. KIRBY: DOUGLAS. PATRICK: DOUGLAS, NORDMANN,
NORDMANN, DOUGEY. KIRBY: DOUGLAS. PATRICK: DOUGLAS, DOUGLAS. KIRBY: DOUGS,
DOUGS, NOBLE BABIES. IS THIS A NOBLE OR NORDMANN? JUST KIDDING,
NORDMANN BABIES. CHARLIE: BUT AFTER
OUR TOUR OF THE FARM, WE PRETTY MUCH
GOT IT DOWN, SO, BUCKLE UP BUDDY ‘CAUSE
IT’S TIME TO BECOME A REAL TRUE CHRISTMAS
TREE AFICIONADO. ALRIGHT SO BASICALLY YOU’VE
GOT YOUR THREE MAIN TYPES OF CHRISTMAS TREES:
PINE, FIR, AND SPRUCE. THE SECRET TO TELLING
THEM APART LIES HERE, IN THEIR NEEDLES OR BASICALLY
THE LEAVES OF THE TREE. SO YOU CHECK OUT
THE NEEDLES. IF THEY’RE IN A LITTLE PACK,
LIKE THE NEEDLES COME IN A BUNDLE OF 2, OR 3,
OR 5, THEN GAME OVER, YOU’RE LOOKING AT A PINE. YOU CAN REMEMBER IT LIKE THIS,
PACK OF PINE, YOU GOT A PACK
PINE THERE, YEAH? A PACK OF PINE. COOL, COOL, I
THINK YOU GOT IT. IF THE NEEDLES
AREN’T IN A PACK, THEY GROW AS SINGLES THEN
YOU HAVE A FIR OR A SPRUCE. BUT WHICH ONE? LET’S CHECK IT OUT. SO REACH INTO THAT TREE, IF
THE NEEDLES ARE PRICKLY AS HECK, LIKE THEY’RE SUPER
POINTY AND IT JUST KIND OF HURTS TO TOUCH THE TREE,
THEN YOU HAVE A SPRUCE. SPRUCES ARE THE WORST,
BECAUSE EACH NEEDLE ENDS IN A SHARP POINT. IT’S LIKE A TINY
LITTLE SWORD. IT’S ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL. SO, PRICKLY SPRUCE. PRICKLY NEEDLES,
SPRUCE, AWESOME. IF THE NEEDLES ARE PRETTY SOFT
THEN YOU HAVE A FIR. FIR NEEDLES ARE ROUNDED
OFF AT THE END. THEY’RE MUCH NICER
TO THE TOUCH. SO, SOFT FIR. SOFT, FIR. PRICKLY SPRUCE, SOFT FIR. PRICKLY SPRUCE, SOFT FIR…
I THINK YOU GOT IT. EASY ENOUGH TO REMEMBER. AND IF YOU’RE
STANDING THERE LIKE, “WHAT THE HECK CHARLIE, I STILL HAVE NO IDEA
WHAT THE HECK THIS IS!” THERE’S ONE MORE
TEST YOU CAN DO. PICK OFF ONE OF THOSE
NEEDLES AND TRY TO ROLL IT BETWEEN
YOUR FINGERS. SPRUCE NEEDLES ARE
FOUR SIDED, AND THEY SHOULD ROLL
PRETTY EASILY. FIR NEEDLES ARE FLAT, THEY SHOULD BE PRETTY
TOUGH TO ROLL. SO SPRUCE WILL ROLL,
FIRS WILL NOT. SPRUCE ROLLING
PRETTY NICELY. FIRS DON’T REALLY BUDGE. AFTER THAT, YOU SHOULD
PRETTY MUCH HAVE IT. SO LET’S REVIEW. PACK, PINE, BOOM, EASY. NOW FOR THE SINGLE NEEDLE
TREES: PRICKLY, SPRUCE. SOFT, FIR. OR, IF THAT SUCKER
ROLLS, IT’S A SPRUCE. IF IT DOESN’T
ROLL, IT’S A FIR. OH SHOOT, LOOK AT YOU,
YOU CHRISTMAS TREE EXPERT, READY TO IMPRESS ALL OF
THE LADIES AND FELLAS NEXT TIME THE HOLIDAYS
ROLL AROUND. HOLIDAY TREE FARM’S TOP
SELLING TREE IS THE DOUGLAS FIR AND IT’S KIND
OF ALRIGHT I GUESS. I MEAN, THEY’RE FIRS
SO THEY’RE PRETTY SOFT. THEY’RE KINDA BLUISH GREEN
SO THEY LOOK KINDA NICE. AND THEY HOLD THEIR
NEEDLES FOR A WHILE. BUT THERE’S ANOTHER TREE
THAT DEFINITELY HAS A STRONGHOLD ON
OUR TOP SPOT. WE FEEL LIKE, LIKE CLUMPED
PINE NEEDLES AREN’T REALLY CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SO WE’RE
NOT GONNA GO WITH A PINE. AND SPRUCES ARE THE WORST
BECAUSE THEY’RE PRICKLY AND HURT WHEN YOU
TOUCH THEM, AND WHO WANTS A CHRISTMAS
TREE THAN CAN INJURE YOU. THE UNOFFICIAL OFFICIAL
NATURE BOOM TIME ENDORSED CHRISTMAS TREE IS THE
BEAUTIFUL, THE LUSTROUS, THE IMPECCABLE, GRAND FIR. THESE TREES ARE BEAUTIFUL. THESE BEAUTIES RETAIN
THEIR NEEDLES FOR AGES BUT, BEST OF ALL, THEY HAVE
A SMELL THAT JUST KICKS IT OUT OF THE PARK. THE SMELL OF CHRISTMAS IS
THE SMELL OF A GRAND FIR, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. IT BRINGS YOU BACK TO
EVERY GINGERBREAD HOUSE, EVERY SNOW MAN, EVERY
SWEET HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY MEMORY EVER
EXPERIENCED. IT’S THAT GOOD. I’M EXAGGERATING, BUT LIKE
ONLY A LITTLE HERE. SO NEXT TIME THE
HOLIDAYS ROLL AROUND, LOOK OUT FOR ONE OF THESE
BAD BOYS, A GRAND FIR, THE OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL
CHRISTMAS TREE OF NATURE BOOM TIME.[FIREWORKS]

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