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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    December 1, 2010

    OCVTS Students Help Kick Off a Busy Season in New Jersey
    Jean Sullivian, December 1, 2010

    PHOTO CAPTION: NJ Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, left, and Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, second from right, chat with OCVTS students after the tree cutting ceremony.

    NEW EGYPT, NEW JERSEY- As the sun shone brightly and a light wind blew through the rows of trees at the Yuletide Christmas Tree Farm in New Egypt, NJ, guests and dignitaries gathered around one particular tree; a tree recently designated as the ‘2010 Grand Champion’. This particular tree, a six-foot Douglas fir was the center of attention at an annual ceremony which marks the official beginning of the Christmas Tree Farm selling season.

    New Jersey State Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, as well as students from the OCVTS Agricultural and Environmental Sciences program and Instructor Kim Szulecki program took part in the ceremony. Lieutenant Governor Guadagno spoke about the importance of agriculture and agri-tourism in the state of New Jersey. Visiting a tree farm, choosing the family tree and cutting it down has long been a tradition for many families. The hope is to encourage more people to start new traditions as they support their local growers. With over 1,000 Christmas tree farms in the state this season creates a tremendous economic boost not only for the farms but surrounding businesses in the community.

    PHOTO CAPTION: OCVTS students observe as Secretary Fisher begins cutting of tree

    The Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Agriculture then jointly cut down the six-foot tree to celebrate the kickoff of the season. The tree, along with about 3,000 others from area farms will be cut and donated to military families through a program called “Trees for Troops.”

    The Lieutenant Governor and Secretary Fisher spoke with each of the OCVTS students, who serve as officers in the Ocean County Chapter of FAA, an organization dedicated to the agriculture industry. The students discussed their roles as officers as well as their plans for the future.

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