Program...a “Double Header”...a First for
“If you want to grow chestnuts.......make
maple syrup!!! Canadian Victor Ng wants to
grow chestnuts. He has researched the
requirements and visited established chestnut
growing operations in the United States and
Europe. He lives in Southern Ontario and needs
a climate favorable to that tree species.
Central New York State south of Rochester
offers that and the land prices are more
favorable than in southern Ontario.
The land south of Rochester looks attractive,
but much of it is covered with second growth
forest...particularly at the higher
elevations. Pioneer! Oh, Pioneer! If the land
will grow maple trees it will likely grow
chestnuts. Why not then (while some wooded
acres are being cleared) establish a “sugar
bush” operation? Build a 40' x 70' “sap
house”. Connect 5,800 taps to the sap house by
“miles” of plastic tubing. Produce gallons of
syrup to wholesale in fifty gallon drums. And
then, on those cleared acres plant a number of
reputedly blight immune, four year old, twelve
foot tall Dunstan Chestnuts on a trial basis
for 2015-2016......and see how it goes!
Come tour this property with us and hear about
Livingston County forestry and agriculture and
opportunities for growing several nut species
in this part of the state. As always, free and
open to the public. Registration largely to
cover the cost of lunch and meeting hand-outs
about nut growing. See the registration page
following for program details and directions
to the meeting site.
Tour the Grimo Nut Nursery at
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. We will
leave Dansville, NY, from the Sunrise Cafe ,
Main Street, Dansville at 7:00AM Sunday
morning to drive to the border crossing at
Fort Erie. U.S. Passport, Pass Card, or
Enhanced NYS Driver's License is a must for
the return trip later in the day.
The Grimo Nut Nursery was established in 1974.
It encompasses 14 acres of prime soils in
growing hardiness zone 6. Their extensive and
diverse nursery stock has been derived from
collections, selections, and cultivations from
numerous breeders and collectors from across
the USA and Canada. Cultivar names in the
Grimo 2015 Catalog hint at the historic and
diverse background of their
plants....Campbell, Bear Creek, Coble,
Weschke, Gordon, Combe etc. Trees are
evaluated for their individual nut production
qualities. They offer seedlings and grafted
trees of most species. Only the trees that
prove to be outstanding are grafted and sold
through the nursery.
The present staff include Ernie, his wife,
Bernice, his daughter Linda and Linda's three
sons. Ernie is a past president and member of
the Northern Nut Growers Association, the
President of the Ontario Nut Growers
Association, and a member of the Ontario
Hazelnut Association, and the Canadian
Chestnut Council. Linda is a member of NNGA,
an active board member of the Ontario Hazelnut
Association, and the President of the Niagara
Local Food Co-op. Ernie has attended a number
of our NYNGA meetings.
September 19, 2015 at the woodland Property
of Victor Ng, 3562 Nunda Byersville Road,
Nunda, New York, 14517. Note: as Victor does
not live there he suggests that if you
MapQuest, etc..use 3529 as the road
address..will work better.
snacks , and socializing....at Victor's Sap
Livingston County: NYNGA Officers, Victor Ng,
and Brice June, DEC Forester, Region 8
of the Forest Property.....Sugar Bush
Operation and Chestnut Plantings, Victor Ng
and Brice June
NYNGA Member Business Meeting
Sap to Maple Syrup...Tour the Sap
for Saturday's Program
for the above: send check or money order for
$15.00 made out to NYNGA to John Wertis,
8144 Searsburg Road, Trumansburg, NY, 14886.
Program free and open to the public.
Registration fee covers lunch, plants,
instructional materials .
September 21, 2015
to Fort Erie US/Canadian Crossing for Tour
of Grimo Nut Nursery, 979 Lakeshore Road,
RR3, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Saturday night motel accommodations will be
available at Logan's Inn in
Dansville....$80.00 double occupancy....when
making a reservation ask for the NYNGA rate.
A group breakfast at the Sunrise Cafe, 186
Main Street in Dansville at 6:00AM and on
the road to Fort Erie by 7:00AM. Estimated
driving time 1 ½ hours. Estimated customs
time, 10-15 minutes. Continuing on to the
Grimo Nursery, estimated time 1/2 hour. Meet
and Tour at Grimo Nut Nursery: 10:00-
Noon........on your own for lunch and return
trip to “Home Sweet Home”.
Fee for the Nursery Visit. But If you are
visiting Grimo Nursery please complete the
following and send it with your Saturday
Any questions? Contact John Wertis (see contact
info above). . See the NYNGA website at
<www.nynga.org> for membership information
and application forms...be eligible for the
“Members Only” nut tree lotteries at the
• Want to become a member of NYNGA?
Click here for Membership
• Constitution / By-Laws
Click here for a PDF