In preparation for the deregulation of the Darling 58, PA/NJ TACF is organizing several controlled pollination workshops this month. We have two scheduled and hope to add a third for folks out West. Our neighbors in Ohio have organized the third workshop in Western PA on June 26th. All these workshops are free but you must register.
Thursday, June 17, 2021 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Arboretum at Penn State Chestnut Orchard, University Park, PA
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM)
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery in Orefield, PA.
Many thanks to our friends at the Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery in Orefield, Pennsylvania for hosting the June 23rd Workshop.
These workshops will be lead by Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration for TACF. Participants will learn about the breeding work being done in the research orchards and the current status of efforts to restore the American chestnut to the forests of the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Following the introduction, Sara will walk participants through the pollination process. She will bring orchard ladders for anyone who would like to climb into the tree for a close-up view of pollination.