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Welcome to NY Nut Growers!

Our Purpose

The New York Nut Growers Association is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that promotes nut tree growing in New York state. Our mission is to educate people on the benefits of nut trees and to provide cultural information to assist in growing nut trees for crops and timber.

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Of Note...

NYNGA Fall Program...a “Double Header”...a First for Us!!!


“If you want to grow chestnuts.......make maple syrup!!! Canadian Victor Ng wants to grow chestnuts. He has researched the requirements and visited established chestnut growing operations in the United States and Europe. He lives in Southern Ontario and needs a climate favorable to that tree species. Central New York State south of Rochester offers that and the land prices are more favorable than in southern Ontario.

The land south of Rochester looks attractive, but much of it is covered with second growth forest...particularly at the higher elevations. Pioneer! Oh, Pioneer! If the land will grow maple trees it will likely grow chestnuts. Why not then (while some wooded acres are being cleared) establish a “sugar bush” operation? Build a 40' x 70' “sap house”. Connect 5,800 taps to the sap house by “miles” of plastic tubing. Produce gallons of syrup to wholesale in fifty gallon drums. And then, on those cleared acres plant a number of reputedly blight immune, four year old, twelve foot tall Dunstan Chestnuts on a trial basis for 2015-2016......and see how it goes!

Come tour this property with us and hear about Livingston County forestry and agriculture and opportunities for growing several nut species in this part of the state. As always, free and open to the public. Registration largely to cover the cost of lunch and meeting hand-outs about nut growing. See the registration page following for program details and directions to the meeting site.


Tour the Grimo Nut Nursery at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. We will leave Dansville, NY, from the Sunrise Cafe , Main Street, Dansville at 7:00AM Sunday morning to drive to the border crossing at Fort Erie. U.S. Passport, Pass Card, or Enhanced NYS Driver's License is a must for the return trip later in the day.

The Grimo Nut Nursery was established in 1974. It encompasses 14 acres of prime soils in growing hardiness zone 6. Their extensive and diverse nursery stock has been derived from collections, selections, and cultivations from numerous breeders and collectors from across the USA and Canada. Cultivar names in the Grimo 2015 Catalog hint at the historic and diverse background of their plants....Campbell, Bear Creek, Coble, Weschke, Gordon, Combe etc. Trees are evaluated for their individual nut production qualities. They offer seedlings and grafted trees of most species. Only the trees that prove to be outstanding are grafted and sold through the nursery.

The present staff include Ernie, his wife, Bernice, his daughter Linda and Linda's three sons. Ernie is a past president and member of the Northern Nut Growers Association, the President of the Ontario Nut Growers Association, and a member of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, and the Canadian Chestnut Council. Linda is a member of NNGA, an active board member of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, and the President of the Niagara Local Food Co-op. Ernie has attended a number of our NYNGA meetings.

NYNGA Fall Meeting

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the woodland Property of Victor Ng, 3562 Nunda Byersville Road, Nunda, New York, 14517. Note: as Victor does not live there he suggests that if you MapQuest, etc..use 3529 as the road address..will work better.

9:00-9:30.......Sign-in, light snacks , and socializing....at Victor's Sap House

9:30-10:00......Welcome to Livingston County: NYNGA Officers, Victor Ng, and Brice June, DEC Forester, Region 8

10:00-11:30....Walking Tour of the Forest Property.....Sugar Bush Operation and Chestnut Plantings, Victor Ng and Brice June


11:45-12:15..Growing Hazelnuts: Peter Haarman

12:15-1:15..Lunch....15 minute NYNGA Member Business Meeting

1:15-1:45.Growing Heartnuts...John Wertis

1:45-2:15....From Maple Sap to Maple Syrup...Tour the Sap House...Victor NG

Registration for Saturday's Program

To Register for the above: send check or money order for $15.00 made out to NYNGA to John Wertis, 8144 Searsburg Road, Trumansburg, NY, 14886. Program free and open to the public. Registration fee covers lunch, plants, instructional materials .

Sunday, September 21, 2015

Drive to Fort Erie US/Canadian Crossing for Tour of Grimo Nut Nursery, 979 Lakeshore Road, RR3, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Saturday night motel accommodations will be available at Logan's Inn in Dansville....$80.00 double occupancy....when making a reservation ask for the NYNGA rate. A group breakfast at the Sunrise Cafe, 186 Main Street in Dansville at 6:00AM and on the road to Fort Erie by 7:00AM. Estimated driving time 1 ½ hours. Estimated customs time, 10-15 minutes. Continuing on to the Grimo Nursery, estimated time 1/2 hour. Meet and Tour at Grimo Nut Nursery: 10:00- Noon........on your own for lunch and return trip to “Home Sweet Home”.


No NYNGA Fee for the Nursery Visit. But If you are visiting Grimo Nursery please complete the following and send it with your Saturday registration:

Name_________________________________Number in Party __________


Any questions? Contact John Wertis (see contact info above). . See the NYNGA website at <www.nynga.org> for membership information and application forms...be eligible for the “Members Only” nut tree lotteries at the meeting!!!

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