New York Nut Growers Association will hold its
spring meeting at the Cornell University
Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, 423
Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY, on Saturday, April
26, 2014 from 9:30 until 3:00.
is a list of our morning presenters and their
topics: Dr. Dennis Fulbright, the President of the
Northern Nut Growers Association, professor at
Michigan State University, and internationally
known expert on chestnut, will discuss the
potential for chestnut in North America; Roger
Blackwell, a chestnut farmer and the President of
Chestnut Growers, Inc., will describe the Michigan
chestnut cooperative and the business of marketing
chestnuts; Lee Reich, a noted horticultural author
and lecturer, will focus on pruning techniques for
nut trees; Mina Vescera, a Nursery and Landscape
Specialist from the Suffolk County CCE, will give
an overview of the nursery and landscape business
on Long Island; and Carl Albers, an NYNGA member
who is a nut tree hobbyist and tree farmer from
the Finger lakes region of NYS, will give a
presentation on growing nut trees and tree
the afternoon we will visit the nut tree farm of
Peter Haarmann in near-by Aquebogue. He will give
a brief history and tour of his farm and
demonstrate the process of layering hazelnut
bushes. Lee Reich will lead a workshop on proper
pruning techniques. Nut trees and seednuts will be
given to all participants.
meeting is free of charge and open to the public,
but because of limited space, you must register in
advance. To register, contact Jerry Henkin, NYNGA
Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org,
tel. (914) 423 – 7458.
accommodations have been arranged at the CCE
discount rate ($121.67, including tax) at the
Hilton Garden Inn, Riverhead, 2038 Old Country
Road, Riverhead, NY 11901, tel. (631) 727 – 2733.
Jerry is getting the names of people who would be
willing to share a room. The hotel has reserved a
block of rooms for the NYNGA, which they will hold
until April 15 at this rate. After that time, they
cannot guarantee the rooms, so please book early.
Mention that you are coming to our meeting.
a courtesy, the hotel has extended the days that
you may reserve a room at this rate from Thursday
through Sunday nights. Here’s a chance to combine
our meeting with a vacation on Long Island.
Suffolk County offers a Tanager Discount Outlet
(across the street from the hotel), an aquarium,
golf courses, a vodka distillery, numerous
vineyards, marine nature centers, and “Gold Coast
directions to the hotel, see http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hilton-garden-inn-riverhead-ISPRHGI/maps-directions/index.html
directions to Riverhead: If you are coming
from points north and west, travel as far east as
you can to reach the Hutchinson River Parkway or
I-95 South. These routes will lead you over the
Whitestone Bridge or the Throggs Neck Bridge into
Queens. These two bridges will lead you into the
Cross Island Parkway, South. Whatever you do, you
want to avoid the George Washington Bridge and the
Cross Bronx Expressway. (Please be aware that
commercial vehicles are not allowed on the
Cross County Parkway in Westchester County, the
Hutchinson River Parkway, or the Cross Island
Parkway. There is a toll over the bridges; EZ Pass
from the Cross Island Parkway, Southbound
Exit the Cross Island Parkway at exit 30E, the
Long Island Expressway Eastbound (I-495), toward
eastern Long Island. Travel 56 miles.
Exit the LIE at Exit 71, Rt. 24 and turn right on
Edwards Avenue (Rt. 24 E). Travel 4 miles.
Make a U-turn onto Rt. 24 W and turn right onto
CR-94. Travel only 0.1 mile.
CR-94 becomes Court St. Travel only 0.2
Turn left onto Griffing Avenue. The Cornell
Cooperative Extension Building, 423 Griffing
Avenue, is on the left.
scenic way to avoid the traffic in the New York
City area, and to give the driver a rest, is to
travel part of the way by ferry, from Bridgeport,
Connecticut, to Port Jefferson, New York.
Riverhead is about 25 miles east of Port
Jefferson. See details of the ferry at http://www.88844ferry.com.
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