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Policy About Farms Being Listed On This Website

We strive to provide a resources that is complete, accurate and current about Christmas tree farms, sleigh rides and related winter events, services and products that are offered to the general public.  Our primary responsibility is to serve the general public. Toward that goal,  we will try to list ALL Christmas tree farms that are open to the public, without regard as to whether the farm has contacted us or not.

There is no fee to be listed on the website.  Banner ads may be purchased and they are clearly differentiated from the unpaid listings.

We find information about farms from their own websites, Facebook pages, news stories, Christmas tree grower associations, online reports about the farms, customers, the general public and the farms themselves.

Whenever we learn from those sources that our information about a farm is inaccurate, we do our best to correct it promptly.  The Christmas tree  business is seasonal, so we typically make most updates starting in Autumn and then stop soon after Christmas.

How to make updates:

We envcouarge farms to help us maintain current, accurate and complete information about their farms. We reserve the right to edit the content for clarity, syle, consistentcy with site appearance, etc.

Any tree farmer can easily update their listing by several means:

  

  1. Write a complete new listing using this form:http://www.pickyourown.org/AME1.php?ADDT=UPD 
     
  2. Make 1 to 3 minor changes using this form: http://www.pickyourown.org/corrections.htm
     
  3. If these methods fail and ONLY if they fail, (occasionally there are technical glitches for any website) using the feedback form: http://www.pickyourown.org/feedback.htm?QFROMWEB=Christmas&QSUBJECT=Name%20unknown&QFROMPAGE=unknown
     
  4. In desperation, if all methods above fail, by email Blake2016@pickyourown.org
     
  5. Consumers,. not affiliated with the farm, may use any method they wish, but in general, the minor corrections form is probably the most effective method: http://www.pickyourown.org/corrections.htm 

We try to make udates within 24 to 48 hours.  If you don't get a reply from us with 72 hours, please write back!  SOmetimes emails and forms do not work!

How to add a new listing

  • Farmers and those affiliated with the farm should use this form.  http://www.pickyourown.org/AME1.php?ADDT=ADD You DO need to read the directions . When the form fails; it is almost always because the person put the wrong information in the wrong places (like an email address where it asks for a email address). The form has sophisticated error trapping to force the peron entering the information to do so correctly. 
  • Consumers and customers should use this form; http://www.pickyourown.org/suggest.htm  unless they have detailed information, then they could use the farmer's form, if they wish.

How to delete a farm

Farms are ONLY deleted if they have permanently closed and are no longer open to the public, this year and in future years.   Seasonal closures are not eligible for deletion; but the minor corrections form has an option for closed until next season, closed indefinitely, etc.

For the first year or two after notification of a farm's closure,  all contact information is removed and a note added that explains why. See example below:  This is done to communicate to the general public, to  reduce calls to the farm itself and to reduce emails and questions from the public to this website asking "What happened to...  why aren't they listed?"

 

  • Hutchison's Christmas Forest - UPDATE for 2018: They are permanently closed .
    Cordova, MD.

We have encountered a very few farmers who apprently are not very technically savvy and don't undeerstand search engine optimization who demand that ALL information be removed about their farm, often claiming that "We are closed and people are still calling us from your website". Once the phone number and other contact information is removed; that is simply not possible. Google, Facebook, Yelp, Mommy Bloggers, and many, many other websites present their own information and often copy information from this website (in violation of U.S. copyright laws - and we do try to locate and prosecute them) and that copied information may carry tags and information that identifies it as coming from our website, even though that too is clearly false.  However, a consumer may not be savvy  enough to realize this and will tell a farm, "I got it from PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org", which again, clearly is not possible and not true, once we have removed the phone number and contact information.  Please don't waste your time or ours demanding we remove the name, city and state of your farm making this nonsensical claim.  

The form to notify about closures is the corrections form:  http://www.pickyourown.org/corrections.htm 

Demands to remove a farm entirely from this website will not be honored unless the farm is permanently closed and the notice will be posted about the farm's closure for the first 2 years as noted above.  After 2 years it may be removed.

 

Reviews, comments and opinions

  1. Opinions and reviews may be provided by consumers and the this website  (based on our visits to the farm or direct interactions with the farm and its representatives). Yes, that means there may be both positive and negative reviews about a farm, and they may come from consumers, visitors to the farms and this website. False reviews posted by agents of the farm will be removed and may result in a negative review being posted by the website pointing that out.  Free speech is indeed a basic right in America.  Farms do not have the right to censor free speech.
  2. Opinion and reviews that are found to be hate speech, sexual or profane in nature, fraudulent, or violate any law of the United States, will be promptly removed upon that awareness, review and determination.
  3. When comments and reviews become dated, and there is reason to believe that they are no longer true or relevant, they may be removed, so as to not mislead consumers or create a false impression. 

Legal basis

  1. This website is protected by the U.S. Constitution and the Rights provided in the Bill of Rights. Just as any citizen, newspaper and any other publisher has a right to free speech, so do we. 
  2. A farm operating as a business that is open to the public does not have a "right to privacy".  A farm has no right to demand that the farm's name, address or phone number be removed. Google, Facebook, Yelp and many other websites routinmely publish information about every business without asking permission, nor contacting the business; this is a part of business in the 21st century; No one could afford the immense manpower required to individually contact each and every business. A savvy business owner "Googles" the name and address of his farm or business every few months to see where it appears and correct an inaccuarcuies he or she finds on other websites.
  3. Farmers sometimes write saying "we did not give you permission to include us on your website. 
    Permission is not required, we are free to include your farm and write about your farm's public business activities, like name, phone number, email address, street address, nature of the business, products and services offered, published hours of business, etc. The farm's permission is NOT required by law in the United States. See item number 1 above.  Our forefathers fought for this Right, and you do not supersede it.