This year we wanted to cut down our own tree, so after a quick google search we found that there was a tree farm deep in the East Bay hills.The farm was started by a U.C. Berkeley forestry professor in the 60s who wanted to provide a place in the woods where you could cut your own tree every year. As we drove through the hills, we passed through densely forested areas and came across the tiny town of Canyon, a hidden, unincorporated community, home to only 200 people and a post office.
When we arrived at the farm, they gave us a hand saw, a couple twists of twine and a map showing where to find the type of tree we wanted. We were looking for a small/mediumish Douglas Fir that would fit nicely in the corner of our living room, but not be so big that it overpowered everything else. Something a little more like A Charlie Brown Christmas and a little less like the Griswold’s Christmas Vacation.