An eight-foot blue spruce grown on a Warren County Christmas tree farm has been named Grand Champion in a Tree of the Year contest held by the National Christmas Tree Association in Arlington, Va.
As winner of the national award, Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm in White Township will provide the White House Christmas tree for the coming holiday season. That tree, not the same one that won the award, will be placed and decorated in the Blue Room of the White House.
This is the first time a New Jersey Christmas tree grower has won the national award.
“It was an honor to represent the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association at the national level," said John Wyckoff, who represented New Jersey by winning the state’s Christmas Tree Grower of the Year award on Aug. 1. "The award is a credit not only to our farm, but to the quality of the products being grown in New Jersey.”
“This honor for the Wyckoff family means the nation will see firsthand the quality of Christmas trees grown in New Jersey,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “We congratulate the Wyckoffs on continuing a great tradition of outstanding agricultural products from the Garden State.”
The 172-acre farm in White Township, outside of Belvidere, has been owned by the Wyckoff family since 1839 and is now being farmed by the sixth and seventh generations of Wyckoffs. They have 55 acres of Christmas trees with 5,000 trees available this season. They grow Fraser, Douglas, Concolor, and Canaan Firs, Norway, Blue, and Serbian Spruces and White Pine.
The Wyckoff family also earned the state's grand champion title last year with a Canaan Fir. In total, the family has won the state contest nine times.
Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm has honored U.S. troops by donating trees to the families of servicemen and women.
Last year, Wyckoff and his family donated 100 trees to the Trees for Troops campaign, a charity program that donates real Christmas trees to service members and their families, sponsored by FedEx and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation. The trees were taken to Fort Eustis Army Base in Virginia to help lift the spirits of military families stationed there.
At the same time, the family donated 20 trees to the NORWESCAP Family Success Center in Phillipsburg for families facing hard times.