Fundly Truck Campaign Exceeds Goal!

We are thrilled to announce that we raised a grand total of $43,375 in our truck fundraiser!

Thanks to our generous members and supporters, we surpassed our original goal by almost $10,000.

Over the coming months we will be looking for the best deal on a replacement truck. Leftover funds will be put toward critical accessories like a trailer for hauling equipment and a truck cap for transporting seedlings, as well as ongoing maintenance.

In case you are just tuning in, here is the truck story.

For the past 10 years our restoration research has really counted on the Leffel Center’s 2003 4×4 Nissan truck; which was purchased with donations from members and supporters in 2007. The Nissan has helped us deliver over 10,000 seedlings and loloaded truckgged over 130,000 tough miles. Here at Leffel Center (The PA Chestnut Research and Operations Center on Penn State’s Campus) there are over 30 acres of research plots being managed, with almost 10,000 trees in the ground, and at least 5,000 seedlings growing at any time.

The Nissan has served us well but it is nearing the end of its life expectancy. It is critical for our work that we plan to replace this vehicle. We are raising funds to purchase a late model used vehicle for the 2018 growing season. Note that the current truck has some resale value, and will be sold, with the proceeds added to the new truck fund.

What are we looking for in a replacement truck?

·        More storage capacity for transporting the number of seedlings and equipment that we move each growing season. We want to replace the current 4’ bed with at least a 6’ or 8’ bed.

·        Better 4-wheel drive for handling the hills and off road driving.  The current Nissan truck doesn’t always get us up the slopes in our planting locations.

·        Greater towing capacity to enable us to tow our tractor and other equipment to other locations and assist volunteers at other research orchards throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.