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Chestnut Week at the Virtual PA Farm Show

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - January 15 @ 8:00 pm

The PA Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the country but this year it’s going virtual. All events will be online, making them accessible to everyone, and it’s free and open to the public!

Join the PA/NJ-TACF Chapter for Chestnut Week (January 11-15), a special webinar series dedicated to the American chestnut. Below is the full list of webinars scheduled to take place in this series. Click on the links in each one to learn more and register.

Monday, January 11
12:00 PM -1:00 PM

Bringing Back the American Chestnut, presented by Mike Aucott, Ph.D., PA/NJ-TACF Board Member and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, The College of New Jersey

Tuesday, January 12
12:00 PM -1:00 PM

Cooperative solutions for Chestnut Processing — a demonstration of processing equipment by Stephen Hoy, Orchard Manager at Penn State University

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Chestnut Farming—A Growth Opportunity: A Conversation with Amy Miller, chestnut farmer with Route 9 Cooperative; hosted by Jim Searing, PA/NJ-TACF Board President

Wednesday, January 13
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
The American Chestnut: How Biotechnology Can Be Applied To Conservation, presented by William Powell, Ph.D., Director, American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Thursday, January 14
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Silvicultural Aspects of American Chestnut and Implications for Species Restoration, presented by Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, TACF Director of Restoration and North Central Regional Science Coordinator

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Commercial Chestnut Industry in Michigan: A Model for PA? A Conversation with Roger Blackwell, President of New Era Chestnuts in Milford Michigan; hosted by Jim Searing, PA/NJ-TACF Board President

Friday, January 15
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Finding American Chestnuts, presented by Lake Graboski, PA/NJ-TACF Board Member and Volunteer, M.S. Ecology at The Pennsylvania State University.

Help make Chestnut Week a success by sharing this link with individuals and organizations who may be interested in joining one or all of these presentations!


January 11 @ 12:00 pm
January 15 @ 8:00 pm
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