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Welcome to the home page of the Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association.

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  1. paul Rheaume

    lookin’ for info on next nut growers field day-picnic ?

    • Sally Reinoehl Treasurer of PGNG

      We are currently working on information on that picnic. It will be in the end of June 2017.More information will be given at a later date. Keep checking back. We are working at updating the this website. If you are a member our news letter will be coming out next month. (April)

  2. Vince Trevellini

    I recently moved back to Pa and bought a small farm in SW Pa. I’m thinking about planting nut trees. It looks like most of the nut farming in Pa is in eastern regions. I’m assuming there are nut farmer’s near me whom I could seek some guidance from, but have not see anyone on-line. Do nut farmers in SW Pa belong to the PNGA or should I seek information from a resource that is geographically closer(E. Ohio, N. WV, N.W. Maryland)?
    I would like to find someone that I can present my plan to and get some feedback. Are there any nut farmers in the PNGA that do farm consultations? I have not had much luck with the AG extension, FSA, or USDA-it seems as though they are there to help existing farmers that are already established.
    Many thanks,
    Vince

    • ekligge

      PNGA draws its members from all over the state (and even surrounding states). There is also an Ohio Nut Growers Association. Try contacting the president of each association directly to see if anyone does consultations.

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  4. Just looking to maybe get my own nut tree for my yard, i love growing things and thought of looking up how to grow nuts? I found this place what kind of good nuts can i grow in the ground and as a tree? Chestnuts or walnuts thanks

    • pnganet

      Hi John! Yes, chestnuts and walnuts are both excellent choices. There are both Chinese chestnuts and native chestnuts that are being brought back from the brink of extinction through breeding efforts. There are native black walnuts, which have a much different taste than the usual store-bought walnuts. If you would like something that tastes like store bought walnuts, go with a carpathian walnut. both walnuts and chestnuts require a second, genetically different walnut/chestnut to pollinate them. there may be other trees in your neighborhood that could serve as the second tree. good luck!

    • pnganet

      grafted hickories are also excellent choices. they taste similar to pecans.

  5. Benjamin R. Vannoy

    could PNGA offer me resources in getting started, right now I forage for nuts and do very well but I don’t know the proper way of the harvest from drying to eating I’d like help learning it all.

    • Hi Benjamin! In the future we will have more resources such as this posted online. For now and for a more hands-on experience, you may consider joining the group to get on the mailing list. Many of our members are currently processing their harvests and invitations are sometimes sent out over email to observe and participate.

  6. I am interested in talking with someone about learning grafting technique and times for nut and fruit trees.

    • TuckerHill

      Dear Mark,

      Normally I do at least one grafting demonstration and often two each day of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, but this year I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery and the flu. The next PNGA nut tree grafting event will happen this spring. This will be actual grafting at one of our member’s orchard. For exact date and time please contact Jackson Don . The next opportunity will be at the PNGA Picnic this summer. Again, see Don Jackson.

      There is field grafting and bench grafting. Field grafting takes place in the open and on a nut tree seedling – a tree of any age that is not grafted. Usually field grafting is done in late May or in June when the temperatures are in or approaching 80 degrees F. Bench grafting is done in the late winter or early spring and is done indoors. The seedlings are dug in the fall and stored in a cool cellar with the roots covered with moist sphagnum, moist planting soil, or some such medium.

      While most PNGA grafters can also graft fruit trees, you might be interested in attending a Backyard Fruit Growers (BYFG) grafting workshop that dedicated to grafting fruit trees. About 85 percent of the seedlings and the scions – that which is attached to the seedling to produce an outstanding fruit tree – are apple. March 23 The BYFG Grafting Workshop will be held at the Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster, PA, 23 Saturday 2013. This well run workshop is quite popular. All you need to bring is a sharp knife. Everything else will be available including instructors. The classes are very small – five or less usually. For around $30 you will go home with two grafted apple trees. You will be able to choose among about 90 different apple cultivars. For details contact Manning Chris or look at BYFG.org.

      If you have additional questions, please let me know.

      Best Wishes,

      Tucker Hill

      Nut