Northern Nut Growers Conference Features Wisconsin Hazelnut Production
Posted August 2015
The Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA), in partnership with CIAS and UW-Extension, held the 106th NNGA conference in La Crosse, July 27-29. About 150 participants from across the country gathered for three days to talk about the business of nut production, processing and marketing in the context of agroforestry and perennialization. A tour focused on our regional work with hazelnuts included a visit to New Forest Farm in Viola, where Peter Allen demonstrated growing hazelnuts in perennial polyculture, and the Kickapoo Culinary Center in Soldiers Grove, where Brad Niemchek demonstrated community kitchen processing. The tour also visited a stand of American chestnuts in West Salem, where UW-La Crosse researchers are helping the trees fight chestnut blight with a strain of blight infected with a virus. The tour concluded with a regional dinner prepared by Chef Dani Lind at Rooted Spoon, Viroqua.