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American chestnut seeds available from GA-TACF

NOTE: We have allocated all of the seeds from the 2023 seed crop!  We hope to run this promotion again next year (January 2025).

Special offer for new or renewing GA-TACF members

If you join TACF, renew a lapsed membership, or renew early plus add a donation of at least $25 to the Georgia Chapter (GA-TACF), we will send you a packet of 10 pure American chestnut seeds* along with planting and care instructions. To take advantage of this offer, please:

1) Email us at GAChapter@tacf.org to confirm that seeds are still available. We will get back to you right away and reserve a seed packet for you.

2) Join or renew with TACF with at least the $40 regular annual membership fee and add a $25 extra donation to The GA Chapter of TACF. The link to join and donate is: https://support.tacf.org/membership After adding your regular membership, click Continue Shopping to add the donation to GA-TACF.

3) When joining or renewing, please fill in the “Special Note” section of the payment page saying that you would like to receive a packet of seeds from GA-TACF.

This offer is limited to seed availability (first come, first served) and will expire March 1, 2024 or once this year’s seed supply runs out.

If you are unable to take advantage of this offer, TACF has several long-standing programs that enable members to obtain chestnut seeds or seedlings. See https://tacf.org/american-chestnut-seeds-and-seedlings/

*Pure American chestnut seeds will mostly be from source trees from the state of Georgia. They do not carry significant blight or Phytophthora root rot resistance. That said, when planted in the right location and properly cared for, they are capable of growing into adult trees with the potential to flower and bear nuts. If they reach that condition, the trees may be very useful to GA-TACF for future breeding purposes.

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Another great couple of days with GA-TACF volunteers! Today and yesterday, we had about 30 volunteers help with the small stem assay project at Berry College. Many thanks to all who came to participate and learn!

This project is part of our program to assess blight resistance in "best X best" crosses in the TACF hybrid chestnut program. The small stem assay is a way of assessing resistance at the seedling stage (less than a year old). In about 90 days the cankers that form on the stems will be measured and used to evaluate resistance level of the seedlings.

Our next big volunteer efforts in GA will likely be around seed harvest time in mid September through early October. Watch for announcements about these and other upcoming events.
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Another great couple of days with GA-TACF volunteers!  Today and yesterday, we had about 30 volunteers help with the small stem assay project at Berry College.  Many thanks to all who came to participate and learn!  

This project is part of our program to assess blight resistance in best X best crosses in the TACF hybrid chestnut program.  The small stem assay is a way of assessing resistance at the seedling stage (less than a year old).  In about 90 days the cankers that form on the stems will be measured and used to evaluate resistance level of the seedlings.

Our next big volunteer efforts in GA will likely be around seed harvest time in mid September through early October.  Watch for announcements about these and other upcoming events.
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Volunteers from Reinhardt University and Berry College had a great day today inoculating trees at the Austin Flint chestnut orchard near Waleska. Here are a few pics from the day’s work.

Meanwhile... another volunteer reminder!

On July 8 and 9, we will hold a volunteer event at Berry College (see details below*). If you'd like to volunteer, please access the volunteer registration form here: tacf.org/volunteer/ The registration site includes a link to the required volunteer waiver form. It is really simple to fill out and takes just a minute or two.

*Details: We will be looking for a small group of volunteers to help us do Small Stem Assays for blight resistance on chestnut seedlings at Berry College. July 8 and 9, no experience necessary. Time frame is 9 am to 5 pm and volunteers are welcome to arrive at any time before 2 pm. This is easy, partly indoor work and requires no expertise. It is a great way to learn about what we are doing and how we do it. This will be held at the McAllister Research Greenhouse. Berry College is just north of Rome on Rt. 27. Go through the Visitors Center access and ask for directions to the McAllister Research Greenhouse (NOT the Horticultural Greenhouse). If you plan to come, please email us at GaChapter@tacf.org
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Volunteers from Reinhardt University and Berry College had a great day today inoculating trees at the Austin Flint chestnut orchard near Waleska. Here are a few pics from the day’s work.

Meanwhile... another volunteer reminder!

On July 8 and 9, we will hold a volunteer event at Berry College (see details below*).  If youd like to volunteer, please access the volunteer registration form here: https://tacf.org/volunteer/ The registration site includes a link to the required volunteer waiver form.  It is really simple to fill out and takes just a minute or two.

*Details:  We will be looking for a small group of volunteers to help us do Small Stem Assays for blight resistance on chestnut seedlings at Berry College.  July 8 and 9, no experience necessary.  Time frame is 9 am to 5 pm and volunteers are welcome to arrive at any time before 2 pm.  This is easy, partly indoor work and requires no expertise.  It is a great way to learn about what we are doing and how we do it.  This will be held at the McAllister Research Greenhouse.  Berry College is just north of Rome on Rt. 27.  Go through the Visitors Center access and ask for directions to the McAllister Research Greenhouse (NOT the Horticultural Greenhouse).  If you plan to come, please email us at GaChapter@tacf.orgImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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Marty teaching us the inoculation technique.

Berry crew!

Go Vinny!Meet the Interns:

During the month of July we will be introducing our summer 2024 Interns!

Meet Vinny Varsalona, we are very excited to have him to helping out in VA.
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