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"Guarding the Helper" 
Tyarda Gardefense doing protection training with the Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club.

 About Us

Gaines Farm and Kennels is owned and operated by Howard Gaines III. We're located on a 35 acre small grain and Christmas Tree farm. Our farm is located northwest of Harrington, Delaware. My passion is owning and training good dogs and growing affordable trees. It's a pleasure to offer folks what I feel are some of the nicest working lines in our area. Show lines animals and fun agility animals will not be found here. I want real dogs! It does no good to have a sleeve focused or shallow nerved dog doing your protection work, remember the dog is buying YOU time. Our training scenarios try and reproduce real world applications or needs. In addition, our goal is to put the AKC-CGC title on every dog we have and when possible!

 Farm Offerings

  • Christmas Trees...We offer trees for seasonal and landscaping uses. Many folks have made our farm a tradition for their seasonal tree purchase for many years. Trees are available as FRESH CUT, YOU DIG, and TAG NOW. There are many varieties and sizes from which to choose.

  • Our Dogs...I raise and train every working lines German Shepherd here. Nothing is farmed out to others for this work! As a small scale breeder, I selectively produce 1-2 litters per year, when I breed. Since I'm not a backyard breeder or a puppy mill operation, litters aren't cranked out every other month. Training overrides breeding, it's what I enjoy doing. Working with the utility nature of the German Shepherd breed takes time.

Christmas Trees
"There's something special about a fresh cut tree, experience it for yourself."



Growing up as a kid, we always had a live tree for Christmas. There's something to be said about going out and cutting a fresh tree. The smell that fills a room and the fun of decorating it are but a few reasons to own one. My goal is to provide AFFORDABLE fresh cut trees. Some folks charge fees of $85 for a cut 6' tree. So where's the funds for the gifts and decorations? 

Our prices start at $25.00 for a tree about 4-5 feet tall. PRICE CHANGE FOR 2018...Our fresh cut tree price has gone up to $6.00 per foot for a fresh cut tree. This price is for Norway Spruce and White Pine. Canaan Fir and Colorado Blue Spruce are $7.00 per foot. Why? Simple answer: availability and slower growing.

There are several types and sizes of Christmas Trees to be found for seasonal use and landscaping purposes. Varieties include: Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Spruce, Canaan Fir, Eastern Red Cedar, Serbian Spruce, and Balsam Fir.

Christmas Tree Sales 
Christmas Tree Season Starts on Black Friday!


Fresh Cut, You Dig, and Tag Now

"Start your tradition with a tree from our farm this year!"



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Gaines Christmas Tree Farm