Money Does Grown on Trees

Photo by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

It’s that time of year, when fall colors are vibrant and pine cones drop from the trees. In Tahoe, the pine cones are beautiful and abundant. So it’s no surprise that someone around here figured out how to make a business out of selling the discarded pine cones that cover the ground this time of year. Meet Yan Campbell, who started the websites,, and makes $20,000 in gross sales each year selling Tahoe’s pine cones all over the world. I recently interviewed him for a short Q&A for Mountain Gazette.