Chestnut Week at the 2021 PA Farm Show

The PA/NJ Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hosting a series of Zoom webinars designed to answer all your questions about the American chestnut.  We are featuring an array of experts on growing, restoring, finding, and farming chestnuts in our region, and hope you will join us. All these webinars are free and open to the public; and will be recorded for future sharing.

Don’t miss this virtual reinvention of the PA Farm Show. Join us online to ask questions and learn about all the different aspects of our restoration work. There will be a brownbag lunch series and two evening shows. Check out the schedule below:


Thursday, January 14th

Recording pending — Silvicultural Aspects of American chestnut and Implications for Species Restoration, presented by Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, TACF Director of Restoration and Northern Appalachian Regional Science Coordinator

Recording pending — Commercial Chestnut Industry in Michigan: A Model for PA?A Conversation with Roger Blackwell, President of New Era Chestnuts in Milford Michigan hosted by Jim Searing, PA/NJ Chapter Board President

Friday, January 15th

12:00 PM -1:00 PM — Finding American Chestnuts, presented by Lake Graboski, TACF Board Member and Volunteer, M.S. Ecology the Pennsylvania State University.

Webinar recoings and more from “Chestnut Week” at the PA Farm Show:  

Bringing back the American chestnut presented by Mike Aucott, Ph.D.,  PA/NJ TACF board member and adjunct professor of chemistry, The College of New Jersey   

Cooperative solutions for Chestnut Processing —  a demonstration of processing equipment by Stephen Hoy, Orchard Manager at Penn State University

Chestnut Farming—A Growth Opportunity:  A Conversation with Amy Miller,  hosted byJim Searing, PA/NJ Chapter Board President

The American chestnut: how biotechnology can be applied to conservation  presented by William Powell, Ph.D.,  Director, American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY