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Wild and Organic in Upstate New York

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About Our Farm


Welcome to Mills Trees Farm in scenic Afton, upstate New York.  Mills Trees grows sustainable, low-impact, organic Christmas trees ( ), using methods passed down over several generations.  These trees are full and unique, no two trees come out the same.  We have various fir, spruce, and pine, many planted from nurseries but also many wild-grown trees responsibly harvested or transferred from fallow farmland and other parts of our 150-acre property. If you are interested in purchasing a tree please contact us at

(203) 809-3601 or by email at

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 In addition to Christmas Trees, our property has several options for temporary lodging.  For available dates please visit our sister page at Mills Farms Retreat, here.

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We have used grass, heat, and sawdust/wood-chips for weed control in the past, but mostly we just perform 1-2 mowings a year and otherwise just let the trees succeed on their own.  This requires slightly more basal pruning when possible and at harvest time, but otherwise the trees do well on our land, as they have for hundreds of years.  We transplant a good number of wild ('volunteer') trees from fallow tracks of old tree farm that we still maintain as wildlife habitat, or delicately extracted from the mossy forest floor of our two maintained stands of mature fir trees.   

As far as pest control, we have used deer permits in the distant past (last twenty years) but mostly we maintain a few rows of firs along the wood-line to be nibbled/scraped by the deer, that we cut short every year and do not harvest.  When they get too big we will mulch them and plant some new ones. The deer do not seem to damage much further in than that.  In the past we did some heavy applications of lady bugs to combat spruce gall, but now the biggest percentage of the property is not densely planted spruce, and so gall is no longer much of a concern.  There is the occasional loss every year, but with a diverse planting of pine-spruce-fir, we never seem to be too heavily affected by any one year's ailments.  Late frost sometimes claims a year's growth from our fraser, but there is no herbicide or pesticide to combat that, just a dutifully maintained diverse crop of trees to guard against any single year's ailments.  

Timber products include Shagbark Hickory, Maple, Pine, and Oak for board timber.  Our timber is extracted to the most local of mills, usually only one mile away, chosen and harvested individually and extracted on frozen ground by horse or mini-tractor.

Though the crops of blackberries, black raspberries, Russet apples, and hickory nuts may at times be bountiful, these products are not marketed for sale and end with friends only!  We hope that maybe one day you will join those ranks. 

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While primarily a wholesale Christmas Tree Farm, we do ship a few samples of each variety direct to faithful customers in the northeast states each year.  If you would like to receive a tree direct to your door, please inquire here

For wholesale inquiries, please inquire here ( Payment may be made by check or Venmo @d-mason-mills.

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Get in Touch With the Owners

The Mills family is committed to sustainable, local, New York State agriculture.  Be it Christmas trees, timber, fruit products, or vacations, you can rest assured that every effort has been made to maintain a low-impact, diverse, ecologically friendly property.  We hope you will enjoy a tree, product, or stay very soon.

Mills Trees, 620 Chase Road, Afton, NY 13730

203-809-3601 - 607-288-2402

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Sweet Afton

By: Robert Burns

Flow gently, sweet Afton! Among thy green braes,
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro' the glen,
Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,
Thou green-crested lapwing thy screaming forbear,
I charge you, disturb not my slumbering Fair.

How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills,
Far mark'd with the courses of clear, winding rills;
There daily I wander as noon rises high,
My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.

How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below,
Where, wild in the woodlands, the primroses blow;
There oft, as mild Ev'ning weeps over the lea,
The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.

Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,
And winds by the cot where my Mary resides;
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,
As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.

Flow gently, sweet Afton, amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

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