What's New?

New funding announced to support planting hazelnut orchards in BC!

 

Details here

 

There is an excellent introduction to growing hazelnuts from the folks at Rutgers University linked below. It focuses on hybrid (american x european) hazelnuts which are not yet available on the west coast, but the principles still apply. Please keep in mind that the current CFIA directive on Corylus spp. prohibits importing hazelnuts trees to BC from the US or eastern Canada except in tissue culture and under an import permit.  This is an important safeguard to ensure that we don't import more virulent variations of the pathogen commonly found east of the Cascades that can overcome the genetic resistance to EFB, a devastating disease of hazelnuts.  Nature Tech is working with the Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium with a goal to safely obtain some of their cultivars that may be useful in colder areas of BC, so watch this space for more developments.

Choosing Plants for a Hazelnut Orchard in New Jersey

 

We just finished attending a virtual meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association.
We highly recommend joining them!
One highlight was the first data I've seen measuring carbon sequestration by hazelnuts vs. some other crops.

Full version here

Here's an interesting article on agroforestry- the practice of incorporating trees with other crops.
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/trees-crops-agroforestry-climate-biodiversity

Hazelnut 'milk' among the most sustainable

This article from the Guardian compares different milk-like products.

An interesting read about the pre-history of hazelnuts

Did you know that the oldest evidence of large-scale human cooperation in Europe is the many hazelnut roasting pits, some over 6000 years old? Hazelnuts appeared so widely, across so much of Europe that it is thought that they were being planted as a food forest strategy.

Check it out

New Varieties Available!

Nature Tech Nursery is proud to announce that we now have a license to grow and sell the newer improved varieties Wepster (CDN PBRAF# 18-9480) and McDonald (CDN PBRAF# 18-9479), which are protected with Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) in Canada.  In addition, we have permission to offer for sale Dorris (also released as a main crop variety), Felix and York (released as pollenizers).  There is an additional cost of $1.50 ea for these five varieties because of the royalty fee Nature Tech Nursery is required to pay in the US for them.   We have been working with them under a Material Transfer Agreement with Oregon State University for research purposes since January 2017.

Hazelnuts in the news

2018 Hazelnut Variety Trial Summary available

See library page for download.