2018 Spring Growers Meeting

The PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation will hold its Spring Growers Meeting on Saturday, April 14th.

RSVP Today!

Email Jean at or call 814-863-7192

Our meetings are open to the public but we do ask attendees to help to cover the cost of donuts/coffee and lunch. The Mont Alto Campus venue requires that we use the Penn State Campus services for coffee service and lunch. Walk-ins are permitted but it is helpful if we know the numbers in advance.

Cost for attendance is based on this: $15 per person.

Where: Mont Alto Campus of Penn State University, located in south central Pennsylvania, between Chambersburg and Gettysburg.  Google

Location on campus: General Studies Building Auditorium (Parking behind this building).

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When: 8:30 am to 2:30

Meeting Program

8:30 am to 9:15 am __ Coffee Social with Donuts:

Take time to sign up for nut distribution, browse merchandise and place your bids in our silent auction.

9:15 am to 9:30 am __ Welcome by Clark Beebe, Board President

9:30 am to 10:45 am __ Strategies for Hunting American Chestnuts: Hunting American Chestnuts

 Longtime members, Dave Armstrong, Mike Aucott, and Mike Manes will share their strategies and experiences hunting American chestnuts in the wild.  We are highlighting their efforts to encourage others to join TACF in identifying and conserving 3000 new and unique sources of American chestnut; 250 of which will represent Pennsylvania and New Jersey — beyond the 200 sources already conserved in our Chapter.

10:45 am to 11:00 am __Morning Break – Bid, Bid, Bid!

11:00 am to 12:00 pm __ Tom Saielli, Mid-Atlantic Regional Science Coordinator —Phytophthora cinnamomi and the American chestnut.

Tom will discuss the history and ecology of P. cinnamomi; and some strategies for managing it in orchards. He will also discuss efforts to incorporate Phytophthora resistance into the TACF breeding program.

12:00 pm __ Lunch Break: Follow us over to The Millstream Café

The Silent Auction will close at noon. We will announce winners at the Millstream Café and folks can pick up their lute after lunch.

1:00 pm __ Nut Distribution

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm __ Walking tour of plantings at the Mont Alto Campus with Dr. Beth Brantley, Associate Teaching Professor of Forestry at Mont Alto Campus.

Mont Alto Demonstration Orchard, established in 2000 and a USDA Blight-Resistance Trial from 1937 in Michaux State Forest.

1:45 to 2:30 pm __ Hunting native sprouts with Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration for TACF. Sara will lead folks over to Oak Road for a short hike (a little steep) on Oak Rd. to see some pure American sprouts.

Please RSVP by April 12, 2018 –

Walk-ins are permitted but it is helpful if we know the numbers in advance. or 814-863-7192


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