Changes in the rules, toward better management of chestnut harvest & distribution:
Chestnuts from the 2017 harvest will not be mailed to growers. Growers will come and pick their own nuts or arrange to get nuts from a nearby designated ACCF member who volunteers to pick for others. Growers will have to process their own chestnuts in the hot water bath at 120F for 20 minutes to kill weevil larvae. All who share in future crops must submit a new Grower Agreement Form including a pledge to have the number of planting holes and cages ready for October planting and permission to pass your email address to others for the purpose of chestnut distribution. In September, we shall email, to all growers who have submitted the new form, the dates of open harvest mornings, which will probably be Mondays and Wednesdays, with a Saturday thrown in if nuts are dropping when there is no home football game. We hope you may be able to cooperate with this new arrangement.
We have received request forms from 15 states; eleven of which have at least one harvest volunteer (VA, OH, PA, TN, WV, MA, NY, KY, IN, MI, WI). It may also be possible for growers from other states who are unable to attend harvest to get their burs from a harvester in the vicinity of Knoxville (TN), Rochester (MA) or Whitesburg (KY).
The NY volunteer lives out East on Long Island. On reading the summary above, perhaps some additional growers may note a possibility to acquire chestnuts; you may ask for the new Grower form via email and should mail it to us by mid-August.
Open harvest days will be September 12, 16, 19 & 26 and October 3, 7 & 9. We shall accept no more than five volunteers on each of the first two dates, because we have just a small number of chestnuts that crack burs and drop nuts early. If you choose Sept. 12 or 16 send early notice email@example.com, to be sure to get your desired date.
I shall verify your date choice via e-mail and everyone who plans to participate will receive a sheet of directions to the Airport and the Big Field on Mt. Lake, along with what to wear and complete chestnut processing information. We start at 9 a.m. at the Airport, then move on to Mt Lake.To take part in the American Chestnut Cooperators' Foundation nut distribution, you fill out and sign a Cooperating Grower Agreement Form and send with a check made out to ACCF for your annual contribution of $20. Grower orders are submitted on the Grower Agreement Form (above). Orders from established growers must be accompanied by the annual report of your surviving American chestnuts (unless we already have your report on file). Mail to: ACCF, Forest Service Road 708, Newport, VA 24128 or report via the web at this link Online Report Form.
To insure that American chestnut groves, established with our help, accurately reflect our breeding program, we have changed the Grower Agreement form. To request ACCF chestnuts or scions, please fill out and return the new form (link on front page). If you have already reported via our Web site, please indicate this on the Report form. The $20 donation to ACCF research is unaffected by inflation.
The REPORT FORM is at accf-online.org/greport.htm: send in your reports as soon as you are able.
It is never too early to establish defenses to keep deer out of your plantings: here in Virginia, where the deer herd is out of control, we must protect all chestnut seedlings and grafts with staked weld wire cages, 5 feet tall and at least 2.3 feet in diameter.
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Last updated 10/07/2017