Seed orchards are the last step in the breeding program that starts with crossing an American chestnut tree with pollen from a blight resistant Chinese chestnut. After three more generations of back crossing to native American chestnuts to get trees with American chestnut characteristics, the resulting nuts from the most blight resistant trees are planted in a seed orchard. Nuts from seed orchards will be used to restore the American chestnut (that have blight resistant genes) to our eastern forests.
The Northern CT Land Trust (NCLT) is partnering with Norcross Wildlife Foundation and the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (CT-TACF) to plant and maintain a seed orchard of the American chestnut tree located in Stafford, CT.
Norcross Chestnut Seed Orchard sits on land provided by Norcross Wildlife Foundation. This location is ideal for growing this tree with help from volunteers from nearby communities. Without volunteers, the orchard and this program would not be successful.
Volunteers are asked to bring (if you have these): garden trowel, watering can, wheel barrow, and garden gloves. Snacks and water will be provided. We will plan to break for lunch if we don’t finish in the morning, so bring a lunch, as well.
Please contact Ginny Patsun if you plan on attending at 860-899-4795 or email email@example.com
Also, if you would like to bake brownies or cookies to add to the varieties of snacks for the day, you are more than welcome!
Hope to see you there!