In 1997, inspired by a dear friend, Vivek and Amy Sarin began a family tradition of chopping Christmas trees each year with a special axe. Whoever toppled the tree got their name and the year etched into the axe handle, which made for a nice display over the fireplace mantle. This became a beloved family tradition.
In 2008, while hauling a tree home on the SUV rooftop, Vivek stated to Amy, "Wouldn't it be neat if we had our own tree farm and we could do this on our own property?" And she said, "You've got that land around the factory in Shelbyville.... why don't you plant some trees there?" Without ever making any mention of a Christmas tree farm, Vivek published a classified ad in the Sentinel News promoting the use of his property for various agricultural purposes.
Ron Stella, who previously owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in Missouri, had moved to Shelbyville, KY in 1992 and longed to start a farm again. He read the ad, called Vivek and floated the crazy question, "Would you have any interest in growing Christmas trees?" Vivek's response, "You've got to be kidding! Let's meet."
In 2009, Vivek and Ron planted their first acre of trees with the simple desire to do some farming, determine if they could eventually sell a few and most importantly, use Christmas trees as a way to share with others the real meaning of Christmas and tell others about the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
So here we are, 4 acres and 4,000 trees later! We hope family, friends and anyone in our community will enjoy coming out, participating in a fun activity that can make for great memories and slow down just a bit to set one's heart and mind on Christmas.
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