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  • D.J. Hussey Farm in Townsend held the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

  • Jeff Urquhart and Louis Bettencourt of Helena Agri Enterprises give a demonstration on how to properly calibrate backpack and tractor sprayers used for products such as pesticides and herbicides at Saturday’s annual Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association meeting. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

  • Louis Bettencourt of Lunenburg and Jeff Urquhart of Medfield have a conversation during the lunch portion of Saturday’s annual Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association meeting. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

  • Rick Muehlke of Groton speaks with John Hussey of D.J. Hussey Farm following Saturday’s annual meeting of the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

  • Pitmaster Pat Hakey of Strike the Box BBQ in Lunenburg serves cookies for dessert at Saturday’s annual Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association meeting. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

  • Darlene Hussey drove one of the farms’ tractors to assist in a demonstration on calibrating backpack and tractor sprayers. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

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TOWNSEND — While Christmas may be about three months away, Christmas tree farmers across Massachusetts are hard at work in preparation for the holiday rush.

On Saturday, over 50 Christmas tree farmers from across the state were in attendance for the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association’s annual meeting, which was held at D.J. Hussey Farm on Dudley Road.

It was the second time D.J. Hussey Farm has hosted the annual gathering, but farmer John Hussey said it had been “a few years,” since they had last hosted.

With members from the coast to the Berkshires, the organization tends to choose a different farm each year.

It was an opportunity to share tips and tricks of the trade and conduct organizational business. During the afternoon’s elections for the Board of Directors, John Hussey secured another term on the board without objection from his peers.

The day concluded with a product demonstration from Louis Bettencourt and Jeff Urquhart of Helena Agri Enterprises. The pair explained the proper way to calibrate backpack and tractor sprayers used for applying products such as herbicides and pesticides.

Darlene Hussey assisted in the demonstration by driving one of the farms John Deere tractors.

“I’ve known John for a very long time and he’s great at what he does, he’s always been a good speaker and obviously in his role his role as a director,” Bettencourt said. “Agriculture is first and foremost on his mind.”

The Hussey’s would not allow their guests to come on an empty stomach. Saturday’s meeting started with an abundance of donuts and coffee.

Breakfast was just the beginning. Lunch was served by Lunenburg’s Strike the Box BBQ and featured ribs, chicken and baked beans. Pitmaster Pat Hakey said he prepared 24 racks of ribs in preparation for the event.