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So you want to plant some chestnuts?

So you want to plant some chestnuts?

We're happy to be hearing from so many folks like you who are interested in planting chestnuts on their property.  We’ve received a lot of requests for chestnut seedlings and that’s good news, since it indicates a high level of interest in restoring the American...

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Georgia Chapter Activities Summer 2021

Georgia Chapter Activities Summer 2021

GA-TACF members and other chestnut enthusiasts, We just wanted to give a quick update on some of the activities going on in our chestnut breeding and disease resistance program.  Many of you have expressed interest in volunteering, and very soon we will have some...

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GA-TACF Annual Membership Meeting 2021

GA-TACF Annual Membership Meeting 2021

Please join our Annual Georgia Chapter Member Meeting on May 22, 2021, 10 am – 12 noon (via Zoom; details and URL at the bottom of this page) Our special invited speaker will be Dr. Donald Davis, founding GA-TACF chapter president and author of the upcoming book "The...

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Chestnut Grafting at Berry College

Chestnut Grafting at Berry College

On Wednesday, April 8, 2021, GA-TACF volunteers initiated a third year of grafting attempts as part of our American chestnut gene conservation program.  This phase of the work took place at the Berry College nursery.  Scion material was collected in Jan-March from 15...

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Georgia Chapter Request for Volunteer Roles

Georgia Chapter Request for Volunteer Roles

GA-TACF members, collaborators, and other “chestnut” people! For many years, the Georgia chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation has relied on our general membership primarily for volunteer work in the field (pollinations, harvests, plantings, orchard care). But...

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More Chestnut Seedlings for the Roy Richards Seed Orchard!

More Chestnut Seedlings for the Roy Richards Seed Orchard!

The weather was fantastic (~50 degrees and sunny) for our chestnut planting at the Roy Richards “Southern Road” seed orchard this past Saturday!  We want to thank everyone who participated for the enthusiastic help (see list below).  Altogether, we added ~115 hybrid...

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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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