Baker-Polito Administration celebrates Green Friday with tree cutting ceremony

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MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux and Deputy Commissioner Ashley Randle visited Seekonk Tree Farm in Great Barrington to celebrate Friday, November 26, 2021, as “Green Friday” in honor of the Massachusetts Christmas tree industry.

GREAT BARRINGTON, R.I. (WLNE) –  The Baker-Polito Administration, alongside the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association declared November 26, 2021, as Green Friday.

To celebrate the declaration, there was a tree cutting ceremony at Seekonk Tree Farm, cut by MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux.

“Like most of the state’s agricultural commodities, Christmas tree farms impact both the environment and the economy in a multitude of ways”, said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Christmas tree industry has an important role within the Commonwealth, including removing carbon dioxide in the air, creating habitats for wildlife and enabling residents an opportunity to shop locally and purchase holiday decorations from one of the state’s multi-generational family-operated farms.”

“Massachusetts’ 265 Christmas tree farms contribute $3.5 million to the local economy, and it is critical that we continue to support this important agricultural sector,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Significantly, the Christmas tree season here in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at these farms, providing an economic boost to many.”

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