NYNGA - Summer Meeting

Bob Barton, NYNGA Secretary and NYFOA SFL Chapter Steering Committee writes:

NYFOA members might be interested in the program presented by the New York Nut Growers Association which includes a speaker on the Spotted Lanternfly as well as talks on black walnuts, the results of some work on the blight-resistant American Chestnut developed at SUNY ESF, and nut trees as smart agriculture.

Summer NYNGA Meeting

Saturday, July 13, 2019
SUNY ESF (College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
Lafayette Experimental Station
452 Lafayette Rd., Syracuse, NY 13205


9:00 to 9:30 Coffee, baked goods, registration and introductions SUNY ESF Exp. Station
9:30 to 10:00 Background on the Experimental Station, its history as a planned forest planting and current efforts, Jeff Zarnowski, Z's Nutty Ridge Nursery
10:00 to 10:45 Restoring the American chestnut by Dr. Allison Oakes, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Instructor, SUNY ESF
10:45 to 12:00 Tour of chestnut plantings – Witness firsthand of the massive efforts to bring back the iconic American chestnut.
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch – Assorted wraps with vegan option and salads.
1:00 to 1:30 Use it all: Looking at NY black walnuts from the end of the value chain forward, by Sara Tyler, General Manager of Black Squirrel Farms.
1: 30 to 2:00 Spotted Lantern Fly – our newest pest. Information, its spread and control to date with handouts and placards, by a representative from NY Ag. & Markets.
2:00 to 2:30 Soil health and its benefits, by Elizabeth Henderson, Board of Directors of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association)
2:30 to 3:00 Nut trees contribute to climate smart agriculture and indigenous food sovereignty, by Ph.D. candidate Sam Bosco of Cornell University.
3:00 to 3:30 Self-guided walking tour on trails through a planned climax species forest with a wide variety of trees to be spotted. Trails are mowed with some moderate grades. Sneakers should be okay depending on how wet the ground is.

Cost for the meeting is $15 which covers lunch, snacks, drinks, handouts, etc. Pre-registration is appreciated. You don't have to be a member of the NYNGA to attend. Let us know if you'd prefer a vegan lunch. To register send a check made out to: NYNGA to Jim Darling, NYNGA Registrar, 1300 Spring Street Extension, Groton, NY 13073. For motel accommodations; a room/ride share; or other questions, contact Jerry Henkin, NYNGA President, (914) 282 – 1371, sproutnut@aol.com.

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