Friday, August 2, 2013

Event: Growing Hazelnuts in NYS, Saturday August 3

From the NY Nut Growers Association:
Event: Growing Hazelnuts in NYS, Saturday August 3

Can hazelnuts (filberts) be grown in as a commercial crop in New York State? Visit the rural property of Dawn and Jeff Zarnowski in McGraw, Cortland County on Saturday August 3 and learn about the possibilities. The Zarnowskis have been growing hazelnuts for some fifteen years and they will explain the basics of hazelnut growing and give a tour of their hazelnut plantings.

This full day program is sponsored by the New York Nut Growers Association and will feature presentations by leading horticulturists and plant breeders from Cornell University, Rutgers University, Minnesota and Oregon. These presentations will introduce new cultivars of hazelnut that are resistant to disease and freezing. They will report on successful steps taken to mechanize hazelnut planting and harvesting to allow for larger scale commercial production.

The full program agenda is available online at The program is free and open to the public but registration is requested. There will also be a buffet lunch served on site for $15.00 – registration is required for this to help plan for the buffet lunch. Registration forms can be obtained from the NYNGA website along with driving directions to the Zarnowski property.

For more information, contact John Wertis, NYNGA Program Coordinator at (607)387-4331 or at

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