Jim Henson and Dennis Cook
Covering over 30 acres of farmland, Circle C is a true family farm, having been in the same family for generations. The “C” in Circle C is Dennis Cook who lives in the 150 year-old restored farmhouse on this land that his grandfather came to many years ago.
Over the years the farm had been used for everything from growing potatoes to raising cattle and horses. In 1996, Dennis decided to try something different. He consulted with his friend and veteran tree farmer, Jim Henson, and they agreed that the farm's convenient location (just one mile from Hwy 421) and easy accessibility would make it an ideal Choose and Cut Christmas tree farm. The result was a partnership between the two and Circle C Tree Farms was born.
After the first Fraser Fir transplants were planted at the farm they were trimmed and maintained for seven years. It is widely known that it takes about seven years for a Fraser Fir to become a seven foot tall tree, but few people realize that the transplants are already five years old when they are planted in the field. So an average 7' tall tree is actually about 12 years old from the time it was a seed. At Circle C the transplants are grown from seed in nursery beds until they are ready to be planted in the field.