About the Farm
Tannenbaum Farms is owned and manged by Dr. Mel and Laurie Koelling. A nationally recognized expert in the industry, Dr. Koelling taught and served in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University for over 35 years.
The farm was purchased in 1977 as an extension of Dr. Koelling's professional interests and as a way to establish a college fund for his children. The first planting in 1978 covered three acres; today, plantings cover approximately 100 acres of the 180-acre farm.
Tannenbaum Farms begins with an initial planting of 3000 trees covering three acres.
First tree planter purchased.
First tree baler purchased.
Wagon rides begin.
Annual plantings approach 6000 trees. The majority of annual plantings now consist of the Fraser Fir.
Irrigation purchased after a summer of severe drought.
Pond dug for irrigation water source. Sales and storage barn expanded.
Tree carts offered.
Annual plantings gradually increase to present numbers of approximately 7,000 per year. Fraser Fir is the dominant species.
The Christmas Shop opens.
Completion of second pond.
Completion of present concession stand.
Group hay rides and pumpkin sales are added to the services available. Tree spade purchased.
Additional equipment storage barn built.
Expanded parking facilities.
Individual tree tagging system established.
Expanded Gift Shop offerings.
Santa arrived at Tannenbaum Farm.