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A CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IN THE MAKING Mills Tree Farm & Honeybees growing year by year

By Jarrod Mills Times-Tribune Staff Writer
Patience . Local farmer William Mills knows all about patience . The fruits of his labor from four years ago are just now getting ripe enough for the picking — or tall enough for the picking , one might say , because Mills isn ’ t growing tomatoes , carrots , cucumbers , or anything else you might add to a salad . He farms trees , Christmas trees to be exact .
A native of Michigan , Mills said he and his family moved to Knox County , Kentucky , when he was around the age of 8 . After some time in Texas , Mills eventually wound-up back in the Tri-County region , settling on a 10-acre farm with his wife , Debra , in the McWhorter community just outside of London .
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