Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do You Only Have Smaller Trees?
Our trees start out smaller so that they can have a longer time with the fostering household. One of our fostering families termed it well - they said "Smaller is smarter" - we only wish we came up with that tag line first. The sacrifice of not having a large "centerpiece" tree is hopefully replaced by knowing that many trees will be saved (not cut) by your household over the span of your fostering agreement. Our foster trees teach the importance of stewarding our ecology in the right direction as they will eventually be reforested. If you are accustomed to that big centerpiece tree - then we are not for you and that's OK.
What is the difference between "Fostering" and "Renting"
While there are Christmas tree rental companies out there, we have decided to grow a sense of ownership with our fostering homes as their tree grows. Our goal is to develop a community and culture around preserving these wonderfully beautiful conifer trees. By developing a sense of caring for your own tree it helps us remember and teach the lesson of preserving our ecology. Our program is designed around the household getting the same tree back every year. While rental companies serve a purpose, they cannot guarantee that the same tree will come back to the household - we do! You can even come visit your tree at the farm twice a year during our campouts - don't miss these!
How soon can I get my new family member?
BELOW ARE THE DATES FOR 2016 AS A SAMPLE - DATES FOR 2017 ARE TBD
DATES OF SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS 2016
Delivery: November 26th - December 24th.
- 11/26-28th & 12/2 -4th are reserved for previous year Fostering Households deliveries.
- 11/29th - 12/24th for all new 2016 Fostering Households - except as mentioned above.
Our estimated areas of service are below:
- SF & Peninsula - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
- South Bay & East Bay: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
All other outlining areas will be accommodated around this schedule.
Pick-up: December 28th - January 8th. An email will go out mid-Dec. for you to choose your pick up date.
What if my tree dies in the farms care? ("Crop Loss")
While ForeverGreen strives for perfect trees there is also the perfect pest and the possibility of imperfect weather. Crop loss is inevitable in agriculture and if your tree suffers a fatal circumstance - you will be kept abreast of the situation and your tree will be replaced at our expense. This is our guarantee to you!
What if I want to keep my tree after the holiday?
Your tree will do better with some first growth shade and some naturally cycled watering out in the forest. We are also not licensed to sell trees and we can't be responsible for 1000 Douglas Firs planted in San Mateo in five years. Let's release your baby and let it spread its roots in nature!