Buy real, buy local and make this a real Michigan Christmas

You can help both the local economy and the environment this year by purchasing Michigan-grown Christmas trees and poinsettias.

 Michigan ranks third among the states in Christmas tree production and seventh in poinsettia production. Buying locally grown trees and plants not only gives a boost to our local economy but it helps the environment as well. You may be under the impression that it’s better for the environment to purchase an artificial tree than to chop down a real one. But artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins. Natural trees are renewable and recyclable, and poinsettias can be easily composted.

 A USDA grant is funding a new marketing campaign called “Make It a Real Michigan Christmas” that promotes buying real Christmas trees and poinsettias from local growers. Visit realmichiganchristmas.com for loads of information on everything from caring for trees and poinsettias to finding a local tree retailer to learning how trees and plants boost your mood.

 Michigan State University associate professor in the departments of Horticulture and Forestry Bert Cregg talked with Kirk Heinze on “Greening of the Great Lakes” about the campaign and about Christmas tree production in Michigan. Tune in to find out not only about the industry but also how to choose and care for your tree.

 The show will air at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on WJIM-1240 AM in Lansing, WNEM-1250 AM in Saginaw, WMMI-830 AM in Mount Pleasant and WKLQ-1490 AM in Muskegon. It will also air at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WJRW-1340 AM in Grand Rapids and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on WJR-760 AM in Detroit.

 You can also click here to listen online at any time or to read more about it.

 Visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Association website for more information about buying and caring for trees.

 Michigan is such a beautiful place, it practically sells itself. Promoting the combination of locally grown poinsettias and Christmas trees is like Pure Michigan times two.

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