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Mid-state farm recycles Christmas trees by giving them to animals

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 08:16:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Christmas trees line the fence at Piccolo Farms as goats and pigs much on the pine needles.

For three years, the farm has been taking used Christmas trees to use as treats for their animals. Piccolo Farms is a non-profit organization that takes in unwanted or abandoned farm animals.

"We have got a total of 58 animals right now, not counting chickens," Bonnie Glueck said, adding that the goats and pigs especially love the Christmas trees.

The idea first started with a pumpkin drive three years ago after Halloween. Then they had the idea to take in used Christmas trees, giving people a sustainable way to get rid of their decorations.

"We realized that the Christmas trees are also a huge source of vitamins and also a natural dewormer for the animals, so it's a really great thing for gut health, and it helps everybody else out too being able to have a place to dump their Christmas trees, too," Glueck said.

Glueck said Piccolo Farms is finished taking Christmas trees this season, but added that people can donate and follow the farm on social media if they are interested in helping its mission.