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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.

Current Events:

Of Note...

Fall Propagation of Fruit and Nut Trees

Thursday, October 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
@CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY

Start planning your edible food forest this fall! Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will demonstrate techniques for propagating edible tree species, such as stratifying fruit and nut tree seeds, and striking cuttings from fruit bushes. Participants will be able to take home seeds and cuttings. Cost: $7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.  Register online athttp://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=777 . Questions? Contact Chrys Gardener, Horticulture Educator, atcab69@cornell.edu or (607) 272-2292  ext. 144.

Farmer Grants: $15,000 Available through Northeast SARE

Northeast SARE Farmer Grants are intended for farm business owners and managers who would like to explore new sustainable production and marketing practices, often through an experiment, trial or on-farm demonstration. Reviewers look for innovation, potential for improved sustainability and results that will be useful to other farmers. Proposals due by 11/27. Application materials, including detailed instructions and supporting documents, are posted on the Northeast SARE website at www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant.

Northern New York Research Grants Available

The NY Dept. of Ag & Markets has dedicated $600,000 for grants in 2019. Farmers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties can submit grant proposals in the areas of research, education, and technical assistance. A list of research ideasbudget template, and the applicationcan all be found at http://www.nnyagdev.org/index.php/2018/09/18/oct-29-deadline-for-nnyadp-2019-grant-requests/  Applications due by October 29, 2018. 

Lecture on Pawpaw: The Story of America's Forgotten Fruit

The largest edible fruit native to the United States tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango. It grows wild in twenty-six states, gracing Eastern forests each fall with sweet-smelling, tropical-flavored abundance. Historically, it fed and sustained Native Americans and European explorers, presidents, inspiring folk songs, poetry, and scores of place names from Georgia to Illinois. Its trees are an organic grower's dream, requiring no pesticides or herbicides to thrive, and containing compounds that are among the most potent anticancer agents yet discovered.

Andrew Moore A writer and gardener from Pittsburgh, PA, is author of Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit, a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing & Literature category. Andy will be available to sign his book at the lecture.

Bonus tour-Did you know Cornell had one of the thirteen original Pawpaw Regional Varietal Trials. With three trials removed and two more to cease this year. Last chance to come and visit one of the remaining plantings.

Lecture and tour date is Saturday October 13th, 2018 9:00-3:00 at the Plant Science Building at Cornell and Lansing Orchard.

Fee is $30 to attend and lunch is on your own around Ithaca. Advanced registration is required. http://cceschuyler.org/events For more information please contact Roger Ort at 607-535-7161 or rlo28@cornell.edu

Agroforestry expert

Agroforestry expert Gusman Minlebaev a Russian expert on agroforestry and enhancing the nutritional content of food, gave a presentation at the NNGA Conference in Quebec this summer. Gusman has given lectures on Agroforestry to foresters and food producers in various parts of Russia. He is looking for collaborators in North America, and can be reached at gusalbulg@ya.ru

Here is an article about him: http://erazvitie.org/english/chelovek_kotoryj_sazhaet_derevja._tri_istorii_gusmana_minlebaeva

American hazelnut (Corylus americana) wanted for breeding study

Prof. Thomas Molnar, a hazelnut breeder at Rutgers University, would like to obtain seeds of the American hazelnut, Corylus americana for use in their breeding program. The goal is to select superior individuals for Eastern Filbert Blight resistance, for cold hardiness, and for boosting genetic diversity available in hybrid hazelnuts. The nuts will be grown out by a team of researchers, and the best will be propagated and submitted to the USDA Clonal Repository in Corvallis, Oregon. After a period of quarantine, they will be freely available to anyone who wants to use them.

Here is the protocol for sending American hazelnuts to Prof. Molnar:

  • If you have questions before sending nuts, contact Prof. Molnar or John Capik at (848) 932-6330, thomas.molnar@rutgers.edu
  • If possible, keep a record of the individual bushes from which the nuts come and their GPS coordinates.
  • Place the fresh nuts still in the husk, or clean of the husk, in breathable mesh bags, not in plastic. (Ladies' nylon stockings work fine if you don't have mesh bags.)
  • Pack newspaper around the bags to help absorb moisture.
  • Send the package by two-day mail to Prof. Thomas Molnar, Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers University, 59 Dudley Road, Room, 164, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. You will be reimbursed for the postage.

Fall 2018 Schedule of Workshops at Singing Tree, Oxford, NY

Nine workshops on homesteading will be offered by Richard Fahey and his family at Singing Tree, 588 Turner Road, Oxford, NY 13830. The Medicinal Herb Workshop takes place on September 3. Other workshops are on nut trees, apples, wild food, and homesteading. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive their schedule.

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