The Corkum family has run Corkum Tree Farm for over 20 years. Alice, John and James are deeply involved in the day to day operations of the farm and landscape business.
Alice grew up on a nursery and Christmas tree farm and is the third generation in her family to be involved in the nursery business. She has always loved working with plants and while she is involved in all aspects of the business, she does a great deal of the interfacing with customers and has a strong background in landscape design. She also can be found caring for the potted plants on a daily basis and is no stranger to mowing or tilling on the tractor. She also has primary responsibility for the paperwork and ordering of plant liners and Christmas trees.
While John did not grow up on a farm, he did come from a small rural town and has always enjoyed working outside. With over 20 years of experience in all facets of growing plants and landscape work, he has a great deal of knowledge that only comes from hands-on experience. John does a great deal of the retail landscape work, including bed preparation, planting, mulching and wall building. In addition, he is involved with the day to day maintenance of the farm and equipment.
James has spent most of his life on the farm and has a deep love of plants and nature in general. He has taken on a great deal of the landscape work and helps to maintain the farm, whether shearing evergreen trees, pruning deciduous trees or trying to keep the weeds under control. He also has planted nearly all of the Christmas tree transplants and seedlings the last few years (averaging over 2500 each Spring!) In addition, he has started to add a number of fruit trees and berry plants to the property as well as a large vegetable garden. He has led the way in the refurbishing of the inside of the barn.
At Christmas time, you might also see Elizabeth and Martha, who help out when they can.
In 1998, the Corkums enrolled in the Montgomery County Farmland Preservation Program. This program, which also involves the State of Pennsylvania, helps to preserve farmland and protect it from development. By selling their development rights to the county and state, the 40 acre farm located in Skippack Township has been permanently preserved for agricultural use. As of August 2013, 149 farms totalling 8,743 acres of farmland have been preserved in Montgomery County, helping to assure that these valuable farmsteads will continue to provide necessary agricultural products into the future. John currently serves as one of the farmer representatives on the Montgomery County Agricultural Preservation Board. To find out more about this program, please go to www.planning.montcopa.org/FarmlandPreservationProgram