BCCTA Executive

paul huesken

Paul Huesken, President

Paul started growing Christmas trees in 1987, during his 30-year career as an English and Phys Ed teacher.  He is a long-time member of the Association.  Paul and his wife Bev own and operate Woodsong Christmas Trees, located in the Columbia Valley, just south of Cultus Lake.  Paul and Bev have three adult children: Amy, Daniel and Lindsay, who spent many years from childhood into their twenties helping to culture and sell trees on the family Christmas tree farm.

www.woodsongchristmastrees.com

tore jacobsen

Tore Jacobsen, Vice President

Tore grew up on a farm in the Mission area founded by his father Norman, in the early 1990’s. The farm grew a variety of trees focusing on wholesale distribution to vendors and organizations both locally and in Mexico. In 2018 Norman sold the family farm and sadly passed away a year later. Tore is responsible for member communications and registration. Tore lives in Langley with his wife and three children and is searching for a farm to start growing trees with his family.

torejacobsen79@gmail.com

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Al Neufeld, Secretary

Al has been involved in the Christmas tree industry since 1972, having recently retired from a 33-year career as a Landscape Architect in park planning, design and construction. Al and his wife Chris have owned and operated a 10-acre farm in south Langley since 1988 named Fernridge Christmas Tree Forest. The farm is a family operation with assistance from sons Chad, Scott and Kyle.

 

www.fernridgechristmastreeforest.ca

Leanna Anderson Treasurer

Leanna Anderson, Treasurer & Mark Anderson, Director

Leanna and husband Mark planted their first Christmas trees in 1994 on a 5-acre plot in the Glen Valley area of Fort Langley. Over the years the farm has expanded to 80 acres. The name Aldor Acres was derived from Mark’s parents, Albert and Dorothy who are still active on the farm. In 1988 they also planted a pumpkin patch which is operated by their daughter Melissa along with her grandparents. Leanna and Mark and their four children: Melissa, Brandon, Jason and Baxter all have assisted with farm activities from time to time.

www.aldoracresfamilyfarm.ca

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Larry Whitehead, Director

Larry and wife Linda purchased a 5-acre plot of land in 1999 in the Hazelmere Valley area, during a 30-year career in corporate finance. A few years later they built a barn and planted 3 acres of Nordmann and Fraser Fir seedlings. The trees matured and additional land was cleared and planted to trees.  The farm, Red Truck Trees, is a family operation run by Linda, Larry, and chocolate lab Zoe, with son Tim, daughter Lisa and their respective spouses helping during peak seasons. The classic ’56 Merc pickup is used to deliver trees locally.

www.redtrucktrees.com

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Ron Jacobson, Director

Ron Jacobson is the Business Development Manager at NATS Nursery in Langley. He has over 35 years of marketing, sales and new business development experience. NATS grows a variety of seedlings for Christmas tree growers in BC including Noble, Grand, Nordmann, Fraser, Canaan, Concolor Fir and Douglas-fir.

www.natsnursery.com

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Norm Karding, Director

Norm is a long-term member of the Association. His father started growing Christmas trees in 1964 on a farm located east of Mission. The farm is 80 acres in size, sells wholesale only and is currently operated on a full-time basis by Norm, his wife Michele and adult sons Stefan and Justin.

kardingtreefarm@shaw.ca

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Jon Fast, Director

Jon has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and currently teaches a Graduate program in Industrial Arts and Applied Design for the Langley School District. Jon and wife Cynthia are the owner/operators of Red Trees Farm, a 10-acre farm located in Aldergrove, BC which they acquired from Jon’s parents in 2018. Jon and Cynthia are in the process of converting the farm from growing Japanese Maple trees to Christmas trees to fit their teaching lifestyle.

redtreesfarm@gmail.com

Brian Strohmann

Brian Strohmann, Director

Brian and his wife Carolyne purchased their farm east of Osoyoos in 1993.  After land clearing and irrigation installation, they planted their first trees in 1995. Brian recently retired from a 30-year career as a construction superintendent. With the help of their boys David and Nick, Brian and Carolyne produced a variety of trees that were wholesaled to various charities and retail outlets. They now operate Owl’s Roost Tree Farm as a U -Cut operation which is currently undergoing a replanting program while maintaining a stand of native Douglas fir.

Carl Karding Director

Norm Karding, Director

Carl Karding grew up on the family Christmas tree farm in the Mission area. As an adult he moved to Salmon Arm and in 2001 signed a lease with BC Hydro on 4 Kilometers of BC Hydro right of way for growing and harvesting Christmas trees. He also partners on a couple of plantations in the area and became  a seedling broker in 2022 supplying growers throughout the Province. Carl and his wife Kim operate KarMac Christmas Trees with the help of Carl’s son Ken.