Highland Hill Farm has been raising Norway spruce since the farm began to plant trees. The Norway spruce or picea abies which is its Latin name has always been a great in the landscapes of the northeast. The first use of Norway spruce was as a wind block. The old farmers would plant them in rows about 50 to 100 feet from their homes and barns. The Norway spruce grows into one another makes a nice wall. This would reduce the wind speed around the area and keep the animals and buildings warmer while allowing the sun to hit and heat the building.