Christmas tree farms appear part of the American landscape, but it wasn’t always so.

Into this mix stepped a business school graduate and New Jersey farmer.

Prior to the early 1900's, people trudged into the forest, chopped down a tree and carted it home.  As forests were denuded, there was concern the country was losing a valuable and precious resource.

Into this mix stepped a business school graduate and New Jersey farmer.  He had land unsuitable for other crops and the little light bulb went off in his head.   115 years ago William McGalliard started a tradition still going strong today.  The only argument still left is the real thing or artificial?

For some, the notion of a plastic tree is anathema as it symbolizes the commercial nature of Christmas.  For others with allergies, the artificial tree was the next great invention after Christmas tree farms.