The Harlan County Farm Bureau Board hosted a tree giveaway at the Kentucky Farm Bureau office in Harlan on Thursday. Approximately 300 black walnut and persimmon trees were given away free to the public.
Board member Wayne Howard said periodically the board hosts this type of event as an extra service Farm Bureau gives to the community and it is in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22.
“When you put these trees in the ground on your property 15 to 20 years from now your children and grandchildren will reap the benefits,” said Howard. “Not only are the black walnut trees good for lumber, but both trees are beneficial for nuts and persimmon fruit for human and animal consumption.”
Black walnuts are high in several nutrients essential for human health, including minerals and omega-3 fats which are important for cardiovascular, mental health and cognitive function. The health benefits of the persimmon is related to their rich contents of fibers, vitamins A and C.
Harlan County Farm Bureau Secretary Nathan Boggs said the black walnut tree is one of the highest priced trees to purchase retail costing from $40 up a piece.
“Harlan County Farm Bureau is specific about timber stand management and taking care of our trees because 95 percent of Harlan County is covered with trees,” said Boggs. “We have plenty of trees here but it’s always good to reclaim. By planting trees today it becomes a generational thing. It’s not for right now. You won’t see nuts and persimmons right away, but in a few years you’ll be glad you planted these trees. If you have an acre full of black walnut trees you have made a good investment for your family.”
Howard said once these trees are logged, it take a generation of growth for them to be replaced. He said that’s why it’s important to continue planting trees every chance you get.
“It may be a little work to put these trees out, but the benefits down the road are well worth it,” said Howard.
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