Business of Agriculture: Money Grows on Christmas Trees — Slowly
Dec10

Business of Agriculture: Money Grows on Christmas Trees — Slowly

If there’s one piece of New Hampshire and Vermont agriculture that stands out for stability and profitability in recent years it’s the Christmas tree sector, and this year the mojo continues with solid demand on the wholesale side and expectations for continued strong consumer interest on the retail “choose and cut” side of the trade. But if there’s any worry that a lot of new production suddenly will appear to capture what seems like...

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December Editor’s Note: Clock Management

It’s still a few days before Thanksgiving as I write this and here we are assembling the December edition of Enterprise, with its references to Santa and Christmas trees, and laying the groundwork for the January edition, which may well include a resolution or two. All this before I’ve had a first helping of turkey and stuffing, to say nothing of seconds. Such is the nature of publishing: It monkeys with one’s sense of time. It also...

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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out
Apr21

Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” the 67-year-old McCumber replies, naming Vermont and New Hampshire towns where they do big pruning jobs. Despite being driven from their home by a recent fire, they’ve kept up with their seasonal...

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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out
Apr19

Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” the 67-year-old McCumber replies, naming Vermont and New Hampshire towns where they do big pruning jobs. Despite being driven from their home by a recent fire, they’ve kept up with their seasonal...

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