SERF Cerfitied Socially and Environmentally Responsible Farm
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About Our Program

SERF is an innovative certification tool for Christmas tree farmers. A certified farm supports a balanced economic, social and environmentally sustainable Christmas tree operation. Each farm develops a Sustainability Plan detailing activities in five performance areas. The farm must demonstrate via an inspection program conducted by the state agricultural department that the plan is being used, updated and followed in all phases of operations.

Why Buy a Real Christmas Tree?
Farm land is essential to our lives, providing oxygen, clean water, shelter, fuel and food. Grown on sustainable farms, real trees are cultivated just like produce, nuts or other crops, meaning they do not threaten natural forests – a common misconception. Additionally, real Christmas trees are renewable and growers plant one or more to replace every tree they harvest. Real trees can also be 100% recycled and turned into mulch or compost, so no waste goes into landfills.

Why Buy a SERF Certified Tree
When a Christmas tree farm meets SERF certification standards, they earn the right to display the SERF logo on their trees and/or promotional materials. That way, when consumers see the SERF logo, they know that it has come from a farm that has met rigorous standards for protecting land, water, communities and wildlife.


A SERF certified tree represents added assurance that your real tree is grown using the best and safest methods known.
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Chal Landgren,
Christmas Tree Specialist and Professor, Oregon State University Extension Center


PERFORMANCE MEASURES


Biodiversity

Protect and promote biodiversity. Performance measures include protecting natural features, water ways, fish and wildlife habitat and ensure that workers and equipment minimize harm to biodiversity.

Soil and Water Resources
Actively involved in long-term conservation of soil and water resources. Performance measures include utilizing soil erosion prevention practices and implementing protective measures to mitigate potential negative impact of farm activities on water quality.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Utilizes appropriate IPM techniques to control insects, weeds, diseases and other pests. Performance measures include training in IPM systems and providing evidence of utilizing IPM in decisions and actions.

Health and Safety
Create a safe environment for all workers. Performance measures include health and safety training for employees. Risks on the farm are evaluated and training practices are updated to reduce risks.

Community and Consumer Relations
Active in the community and with industry groups in fostering farm stewardship and environmental education. Performance measures include involvement with community and industry organizations to preserve, protect and conserve natural resources. Promote environmental and sustainability education.


Certified to promote environmental, economic and socially responsible farming practices.
 
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