2021 Fall Member Meeting – Moving to Zoom

In times like these, flexibility is often the key to success.

The Board of Directors has decided to postpone the in-person program we had planned for our fall member meeting due to concerns over COVID variants. In its stead we will hold a shortened Zoom meeting on November 6th focused on the American chestnut and our restoration efforts. Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration and Stephen Hoy, Orchard Manager at Penn State will make short presentations with plenty opportunity for new and experienced growers to connect, ask questions, and share experiences.

Date and Time: Saturday, November 6th  |  10:00 AM—11:30 AM

Venue: Zoom Meeting

Register today and we’ll send you timely reminders with the link to join the meeting. For more informaiton contact Jean Najjar (mail@patacf.org | 814-863-7192

We are thrilled that our plans to host Douglas Tallamy and Kimberly Bohn in-person at the Allen Theatre have only been postponed temporarily. Mark your calendars to enjoy these speakers and hip venue at our Spring Growers Meeting April 2, 2022.

NEW Fall Member Meeting Program:

Take a deep dive into chestnut restoration with Sara Fitzsimmons and Steve Hoy at the Fall Member Meeting

Sara Fitzsimmons

Director of Restoration
The American Chestnut Foundation

Restoration  Science at the Chapter Level
Sara will review the current scientific status of American chestnut rescue and restoration, including the most up-to-date data retrieved from hybrid genotyping and transgenic deregulation.


Stephen Hoy
Orchard Manager
Penn State University

Field Activities: Chestnut Research at Penn State
Steve will review 2021 field activities including grafting, pollination, inoculation and harvest. He will also talk about what’s ahead for orchard research at Penn State.