Program Schedule

2023 Spring Growers Meeting

Barron Innovation Hub
123 South Burrowes Street

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM – Coffee Social 

9:30 AM to 9:35 AM — Welcome and Intro: Rick Hartlieb

9:35 AM to 9:50 AM — Sara Fitzsimmons | CCO for TACF 

What should you plant? Chinese, American, hybrid (V)

9:50 AM 10:50 AM — Rick Hartlieb | Assistant District Forester | PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) | Owner of Castanea FarmsPresident PA/NJ Chapter of TACF (V)

“The Good, Bad, and Ugly” of planting chestnut trees (V)

10:50 AM to 11:00 AM – Morning Break

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Jennifer A. Santoro | Visiting Assistant Instructor | Department of Geography and the Environment | Villanova University

GIS/spatial modeling for chestnut habitat (Site Selection) (V)

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM — Nut distribution and  Lunch Break

1:00 PM to 2:00 PMSara Fitzsimmons | Cheif Conservation Officer |The American Chestnut Foundation 

Controlled Pollination, Harvest, and Storage (V)

Forest Resources Lab
Corner of Hastings and University, University Park

Greenhouse and Orchard Tour

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Greenhouse Tour  — (Maps will be distributed and we will coordinate carpooling for those who are interested)

Fox Hollow Road to Big Hollow Road

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Optional tour of the orchard – Arboretum at Penn State

Maps and parking options.

(V) Only these sessions are available for virtual attendance