The fall meeting of the NYNGA will be held on Saturday, September 15, at two locations. It is open to members and the general public. The morning session starting at 9:30 will be held at the tree farm of Carl Albers 6499 Wilbur Road, Bath, NY. (This address should work on your GPS; also, see directions, below.) We will see a small planting of hazelnuts that includes seedlings and layers (clones). Master gardeners will discuss hazelnut culture (site selection, soil fertility, hazelnut form, pest management, harvesting, and processing) for home and commercial use. We will tour the tree farm to see a hickory grove, pecans, butternuts, apples, persimmon, and a native stand of black walnuts. There will be a discussion on tree crop management for timber. Peter Haarman will demonstrate hot callusing pipe grafting.
After lunch, we will ride to the tree farm of Steve Lisbin, 3361 Parker Road, Avoca, NY, to see an heirloom apple orchard; a very productive native black walnut tree; 250 English walnuts, both grafted cultivars that are just starting to bear nuts and seedlings, many of which are the descendants of the Metcalf tree via the J.E. Miller Nursery; and a new planting of 40 hazel seedlings from Z's Nutty Ridge. Steve will distribute a tree map to show how to keep track of plantings. Jerry Henkin will discuss stratification of nuts for planting in the spring.
Registration is $15.00 per person and includes a light breakfast, and a sub for lunch. Send a check payable to "NYNGA" to Jim Darling, NYNGA Treasurer, 1300 Spring Street Ext., Groton, NY 13073 - 8711, and indicate your choice of sub: vegetarian, ham, or roast beef.
Dress appropriately, as we will be outdoors for most of the day. Please bring a folding chair if you can, and nuts to share.
Directions to Carl Albers' Tree Farm: Take Exit 39 off of I-86 and head south (towards Risingville) on County Route 11, Babcock Hollow Rd. for approximately 2 miles. Wilbur Creek Rd. is the fourth right turn (west) from Exit 39 (after Nash Rd. and then E.Union Rd.) Head west (up the hill) on Wilbur Creek Rd. Ignore and drive past "Posted, Carl Albers" signs on your left (south side of the road.) The Albers Tree Farm main location is on your right (north side) approximately 1.7 miles after you turn off Babcock Hollow Rd. There is some parking at the farm, along Wilbur Creek Rd. (just on the north side of this narrow road), and at a bus turn around just up the road, also on the north side.
Note: Once you reach the turn from Babcock Hollow road onto Wilbur Creek road disregard your GPS unit if it suggests taking Fulford Hill road (Wilbur Creek road is a seasonal, but open until December 1st road). Just turn onto Wilbur Creek road and continue west for approximately 1.7 miles.
If you have questions about the meeting or travel directions, contact Carl Albers (607) 346 - 5226, firstname.lastname@example.org.