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The Wickerd Farm

The Wickerd farm was Homesteaded in 1904, By the Wickerd family and has remained in the family ever since. When Jack Wickerd inherited the farm in 1984, he decided that the farm had to pay its own property tax. Traditionally, Menifee was known as the land of wheat and honey because the settlers where able to dry farm successfully. Due to the drought in the mid to late ’80’s, Jack’s crops failed to flourish, so we started looking for other options. Since Jack is already a Bee Keeper, we decided to grow Christmas trees because it fits in with his Beekeeping schedule. Our Bees are our main source of income, so we are keeping the honey Tradition alive!

Jack and I married in 1987, our first son was born in 1989 and our second was born in 1991 which is the same year we planted our first Monterrey Pine trees.

In 1994, working out of a little green shed, Jack and I, and the Kids ( I had to haul  the kids out with us ha ha), we sold a grand total of 50 Trees. : - )  We thought we were hot stuff! Every January-February we plant more Monterrey Seedlings. We Replace that ones that were harvested and add on a new section as needed.

By 1995, we had joined The California Christmas Tree Grower's Association, and The National Christmas Tree Association.  We'd gone to a trade show and bought our first large piece of equipment.  It's called Lil' Shakee (TM), and what it does is it shakes about 90 % of the dead needles off the trees.  Since it is normal for the needles on the inside of the Monterrey Pine to die, we felt this was a must have piece of equipment.  We still use Lil' Shakee, and have since bought another one.

Another good thing happened to us in 1995.  Jack and I were tending to the Tree sales, when an older couple pulled into the farm.  We went out and greeted them.  They were so very nice.  They told us, that they were driving down the road and saw that we were a new Mom & Pop Tree Farm.  : - )  They were retired Christmas Tree growers, and they gifted us with our first flocking machine.  I don't know who they were, but I have to thank them for their kindness in giving us that flocking machine.  It's received a lot of use over the years, and made a lot of people happy too.  : - )

By 1997, we had progressed to making our own wreaths out of fresh greens. We leave them undecorated so our customers can decorate them how they want to.

native coniferous tree

Monterrey Pines

The Monterrey Pine tree is native coniferous tree that grows in California. It is a very fast growing and forgiving tree. Usually, from the time we plant the seedling, till harvest, is 3-5 years. To achieve the Conical Christmas shape, they must be trimmed several times a year ( depending on the amount of rainfall). Due to the fact, that we live in the desert, with an annual yearly rainfall of 10 inches of rain per year, we supplement the trees by using drip irrigation .

EARLY TREE RESERVATIONS – NOVEMBER 17th & 18th 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 pm.

Freshest Trees Possible

The Fir Trees

Because Fir trees do not grow at our elevation and climate, we bring them from northern California and Oregon. We try to give our customers the freshest trees possible. Once they arrive here by truck, they assorted by size and type. Each tree has a fresh slice taken off the button and are immediately placed in water. I cannot emphasize the importance to water the trees correctly in order to keep fresh througout the Holiday.