Pine Hollow Farm LTD is a limited liability company growing fir, pine and spruce trees for wholesale buyers of high quality cut and dug trees. If you are a garden center, large landscaper, a seasonal Christmas tree retailer or any other wholesale buyer of cut or balled & burlapped tree stock, we would appreciate the opportunity to supply your operation with high quality inventory.
Paraphrased from an article written by Mary Tracy for The Carrollton Free Press Standard:
If you've ever dreamed of owning a house and tree farm in the country, you might want to take some "lessons" from Tom and Marcy Herbert. The couple owns Herberts’ Pine Hollow Tree Farm approximately 7 miles outside of Carrollton. The farm currently sells thousands of wholesale dug and cut trees to landscapers, nurseries, and Christmas tree retailers.
began as a fun way for Tom and Marcy to spend weekends in the country
with friends and family has literally grown into a wholesale-only family
tree farm business and...a fun way to spend time in the country with
their five adult children and nine grandkids!
a retired professor from the University of Akron, explains that an
older couple, who were friends and astute business people, approached
him and Marcy in 1970, asking if they would like to go in on purchasing
an abandoned farm they had seen advertised for sale in Carroll County.
says he and Marcy went into it with the idea they'd have a place for
weekends with their young children and also have a fun time with good
friends. Later, the two couples decided to split the farm, with the
older couple choosing a 100 acre section and the Herberts choosing 40
acres with the abandoned house, barn and several smaller outbuildings.
Marcy, and their five children, Dave, Mark, Jeanne, Lisa and Krista,
who ranged in ages from two to 10 years old, began spending weekends in
sleeping bags within the old Civil War-era farmhouse.
picks up the story here, telling how the house was "less than ready"
for comfortable weekends in the country. She describes how dingy and
dark the long forgotten house was when they first walked through it. Tom
says he knew it was worth saving when he realized the siding and 2x4s
were solid oak and the walls were six inches thick. Both admit it was
quite an undertaking to roll up their sleeves and start tearing down
brush and briars that had overrun the entire farm that had been
sleeping, abandoned for 15 years. They also chuckle about the "critters"
that had decided the house suited them fine too. Luckily, the Herberts
did not give up easily.
couple, along with their young children, all pitched in on weekends and
throughout the summer months, with Professor Herbert and family
enjoying and learning the satisfaction of a hard day's work and the fun
of "making do" or creating and decorating through frugality and
found some windows in a field nearby and frugally used the glass to
replace several tar-papered broken windows at the house. Marcy laughs
as she tells how she sometimes "discovered" suitable furniture for their
weekend house as she traveled through North Canton neighborhoods during
trash collection days. Several of the pine cabinets and chairs she
lovingly painted or refurbished are now much-loved pieces at the tree
crumbling brick fireplace located inconveniently in the center of a
wall that made up the small galley kitchen was dismantled and the inner
wall removed so the family could enjoy a large living room/kitchen area.
The family laughs as they recall how they had lived in the house for a
year before they found out the overgrown wisteria vines were hiding a
secret. When they got out their pruning shears and began tearing away
the vines, Marcy says she was delighted to find there was a porch
attached to the side of the house! The family enclosed the porch with a
wall of windows, which Marcy enthusiastically points out, changed the
downstairs from dark and dingy to light and welcoming.
the years, the Herbert family has plastered walls, built a dormer,
added windows and paneling, and lovingly turned the 1800s farmhouse into
a warm, inviting family home.
on the remodeling of the farmhouse and barn might have been enough
projects for one family, but the Herberts weren't done yet.
casual conversation with a neighbor who suggested if Tom were to plant a
few trees under the power line area of the farm he could probably sell
them and the profits would pay the land taxes, planted a seed of an idea
that grew into the Herberts’ Pine Hollow Tree Farm, which today
encompasses 360-plus acres! Tom
says neighbors and other tree farmers helped the Herberts learn all
about tree farming. All of the Herberts praise their Carroll County
neighbors for their kindness and friendliness. Dave Herbert comments,
"People down here have more in common, we all have land, are working
similarly, so they check in on things, care for their neighbors, it's
also a slower pace, I think." Lisa(Herbert) Vaughn adds, "I feel like we
have more friends and know more of our neighbors here, but it’s because
they take time to help out, we all have the same amount of minutes in a
day, but here in Carroll County, people are friendlier, take time to
visit. You just don't get those same neighborly ways that often in a
credits his full-time field foreman, Josh Hartong, with keeping the
daily operations running smoothly, with 4-5 high school kids also hired
during the busy months. Two of the Herberts' five adult children, Dave
and Lisa and Lisa’s husband Scott Vaughn, help out regularly, with Dave
helping with the field work and Lisa handling the payroll. Tom proudly
smiles as he relates that all their children have helped out whenever
needed over the years, and now the nine grandchildren --- Greg, Doug,
Corie, Madeline, Mark, Jack, Julia, Briana and Kelsey --- have shown
interest in helping to keep the tree farm within the family for a third