Meadowview Research Farms
The Wagner Farm,
TACF's original research farm in
Meadowview, Virginia is home to the research farms of The American Chestnut Foundation with almost 50,000 trees planted on over 150 acres.
In 1989, TACF established the Wagner Research Farm in Meadowview, Virginia, to execute the backcross breeding program developed by Philip Rutter and the late Dr. Charles Burnham. Chestnut trees have been planted, crossed, and grown on the Wagner Research Farm for more than 25 years.
In 1995, the farm was filled to capacity with over 5,800 chestnut trees at various stages of backcrossing. A generous donation enabled purchase of land nearby, now known as the Glenn C. Price Research Farm. A third farm was purchased in 2002 and a fourth farm in 2006. Additionally, breeding orchards for the 'Nanking' source of blight resistance are located at the Matthews State Forest near Galax, Virginia. Today, TACF’s Meadowview Research Farms have almost 50,000 trees at various stages of breeding, planted on more than 150 acres of land.
Eric Jenkins, Technical Coordinator
Eric joined Meadowview Research Farms in April 2014. He has a master of forest resources from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of science in biology from East Tennessee State University. As a Tennessee native, his interest in the American chestnut tree developed early in life. His father lived in a house made of wormy chestnut. It was built around the time the blight killed most of the chestnut trees in east TN. Eric has experience with land conservation programs as well as GIS-based planning and analysis. His primary responsibility at Meadowview is managing the production of containerized chestnut trees for research purposes as well as establishing and assessing progeny tests.
Dan Mckinnon, Seed Orchard Supervisor
Dannon Mckinnon serves as Seed Orchard Supervisor at Meadowview Research Farms. He has a long history of agriculture and Appalachian forest work, ranging from trail conservancy to forest service. As a local native from Marion, Va., much of his experience was acquired working in the mountains in the surrounding areas. His expertise covers farm and facilities maintenance, field crew training and supervision, with an emphasis on workplace safety, and coordinating volunteer groups. Mckinnon has a degree from the Virginia Highlands Community College in Horticulture Technology and Landscape Management.He has held positions with the US Forest Service, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the US Marine Corps. blight.