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Industry Pioneer Celebrates 92nd Birthday in the Field

published in Limbs & Needles, 2012 | Download the PDF Sam Cartner helped organize the North Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association (now NCCTA) in 1959. During that time, he assisted in the establishment of one of the first larger Fraser fir tree plantations planted and harvested exclusively as cut Christmas trees. Many have recognized Mr. […]

Trees for Troops to kick off in December

by Lauren Ohnesorge “It’s not only for the troops overseas, but it’s also for the entire military,” said grower David Cartner about Trees for Troops. In its third year in North Carolina, Trees for Troops is a program where growers donate trees to be shipped to military and their families around the world. So far, […]

Family Firm Yields to Family Farm in Tree Season

NC Lawyer Magazine November/December 2006 Ten months out of the year, the law offices of David & Ginny Cartner generally resemble most general practice firms, in Asheville or anywhere else for that matter. Residential and commercial real estate transactions generate the bulk of the workload for Cartner & Cartner, followed by matters pertaining to family […]

Sam Cartner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Reprinted from the American Christmas Tree Journal | October 2006 Download the article Sam Cartner was recognized for his years of service to the Christmas Tree industry when he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 NCTA Biennial Convention in Portland, Ore. While his name is synonymous with the Christmas Tree industry […]

American Christmas Tree Journal

July 2006 At the North Carolina CTA Winter Meeting in March, awards were presented for outstanding service to the Christmas Tree commodity in North Carolina and for outstanding educational awareness to the praises and problems associated with Christmas Tree production. Harry Yates presented Sam and Margaret Cartner with the NCCTA Outstanding Service Award and remarked […]

Starting from Scratch

A History of Christmas Tree Farming in the Mountains of North Carolina By Miles Tage, Mountain Times Publications | November 18, 2004 In the beginning was Roan Mountain. Covered with wild native North Carolina Fraser firs, Roan was the logical choice for a few Avery County farmers looking for a crop to grow. The clear […]

A Feeling for Firs

Sunday, November 30, 2003 HERALD-JOURNAL Spartanburg, S.C. Sure it’s business. But, it’s become a tradition. For more than 40 years, this North Carolina family has come together this time of year to supply our nation with that most towery of Christmas symbols. { Story by Gary Henderson / Staff Writer & Photos by Mike Bonner […]

Margaret Cartner – Helping the Family Business

Written by  Helen Pitts of Sugar Plum Farm Margaret Cartner did not arrive in a horse and wagon dressed in gingham, but she is nonetheless a true pioneer. She and husband Sam own and operate Cartner Christmas Tree Farm in Avery County. Through her decades of affiliation with tree growing, she has witnessed tremendous growth […]