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      Dozens of area farm women prepare for holiday season

      It TMs only September, but dozens of area farm women are already preparing for the holiday season.

      The Missouri Women in Agriculture organization held their 17th annual conference this week by taking a 3-day tour of Mid-Missouri agricultural related businesses.

      152 members of the organization arrived in 3 bus loads at the Starr Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Boonville. Wayne Harmon has been a Christmas tree farmer for 25 years. Harmon showed the women that Christmas tree farming is a year-round process. The women found out trees need trimming and lots of care during all 4 seasons while enjoying a hayride through the farm.

      Maries County resident Amy Neier said, It would not be a job I don TMt think that I would want. It takes a lot of work and a lot of years to get any return, thumbs up for that, for sure.

      The women saw a lot more than Christmas trees at the tree farm. They also learned everything they wanted to know about aroma therapy.

      When Wayne TMs wife Ann Harmon isn TMt working with the Christmas trees, she TMs growing herbs and plants to make hydrosols. Hydrosols are the gentlest form of aroma therapy. Ann used a giant still to show the women how she steams and distills plants to create aromatic water used for cooking and medicine.

      Ann Harmon said, I TMm very flattered. What a wonderful honor to have so many people come out and see what we do here.

      Some of the Missouri Women in Agriculture come from 5th generation farms. Even with all of that experience, they admit you can always learn something new everyday.

      KRCG TMs Teresa Snow was the guest speaker at the closing luncheon of this year TMs Missouri Women in Agriculture Conference.