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
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
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,
Any tree farmer can easily
update their listing by several means:
- Write a complete new listing using this
- Make 1 to 3 minor changes using this form:
- If these methods fail and ONLY if they
fail, (occasionally there are technical glitches for any
website) using the feedback form:
- In desperation, if all methods above fail, by email
- 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:
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
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
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:
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Farmers sometimes write saying "we did not give you
permission to include us on your website.
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.