Maine Chapter

Seed Sales

Plant sooner or later?
Chinese chestnuts and hybrids sold commercially might resist blight but won’t necessarily thrive in northern climes.
If you want to get some American chestnuts, we can help!

The Maine Chapter of TACF collects seeds from native chestnut trees in Maine every year for:

  • Research purposes
  • Retail seedling sales
  • Volunteer rewards
  • Fundraising sales to support our work

Due to a late freeze in May of 2023, our harvest was much smaller than usual, leaving us too few chestnuts to offer them for sale to the public in 2024. If you’re looking for seeds to plant, let us know and we’ll contact you early in 2025.

There are good reasons to start planting sooner than later:

  • Your native chestnut trees can provide an ideal nursery shelter for planting blight-resistant chestnuts when they become available.
  • Growing native chestnuts now lets you test the suitability of your site. Soil must be acidic and well drained.
  • You can learn now what is needed to get good growth later.
  • Growing ME native chestnuts helps us preserve local genetic diversity.
  • Happy chestnuts can grow 4 feet in height and 1” diameter per year!
  • In 10 to 20 years, your native chestnuts will be producing nuts, poles, and small saw-logs.
How to get seeds or seedlings

Here are ways to get chestnuts to plant and enjoy:

  • Join TACF and receive an invitation to buy our limited supply of pure American seeds or seedlings if/when available.
  • Lend a hand at a volunteer event.
  • Ellis’ Greenhouse in Hudson ME often sells seedlings during the summer months.
  • Buy 2-yr-old Maine chestnut seedlings from Fedco Trees. Fedco buys seeds from the ME Chapter and gives us back $3 per tree.

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Have you ever seen a chestnut rowing down the river? Well, now's your chance, as Florian Carle, CT Chapter Secretary, spent last fall rowing in regattas all around the Northeast in a boat decorated with our friend Charlie Chestnut!

You can read Florian's story online in JL Athletics jlathletics.com/blogs/the-launch/two-passions-on-a-single-charlie-the-rowing-chestnut

If you're a member of TACF, you'll get to read a similar story and enjoy all of the incredible photos of this chestnut rowing triumph in the winter edition of our magazine.

Thanks, Florian!
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Have you ever seen a chestnut rowing down the river? Well, nows your chance, as Florian Carle, CT Chapter Secretary, spent last fall rowing in regattas all around the Northeast in a boat decorated with our friend Charlie Chestnut! 

You can read Florians story online in JL Athletics https://jlathletics.com/blogs/the-launch/two-passions-on-a-single-charlie-the-rowing-chestnut

If youre a member of TACF, youll get to read a similar story and enjoy all of the incredible photos of this chestnut rowing triumph in the winter edition of our magazine. 

Thanks, Florian!

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Boy oh boy, the algorithm is spot on for me today! My dad has long supported TACF, even taking my son on a road trip there to learn about blight. (Dad, MI- son, VA) It was quite an excursion for them but my dad thought it was very important for him to learn. I have just started rowing this past year (only indoor on an erg, I have yet to make it on the water). So your story married my family's interests. Great job on both your rowing adventures as well as promoting The American Chestnut Foundation . What a great story. And the boat looks sharp!!!

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Were pretty sure American chestnuts have some deep thoughts.

Welcome to TACF Pets! We'd like to introduce you to some fabulous animals whose humans happen to work for The American Chestnut Foundation (we're known for our excellent head scratches).

This is Jazmine, otherwise known as Jaz or Jazzy J, age 14. She lives with Jamie, TACF's Southern Regional Science Coordinator, and loves to accompany Jamie on her chestnut-related work trips. She's a frequent visitor to the TACF office in Asheville, where you can usually find her in Jamie's lap.

When Jamie isn't busy giving Jaz snuggles, she's directing and supporting chapter science programs, including activities such as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, directing
the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, and inoculating and selecting trees.

Keep on the lookout for the other pets of TACF!
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Welcome to TACF Pets! Wed like to introduce you to some fabulous animals whose humans happen to work for The American Chestnut Foundation (were known for our excellent head scratches). 

This is Jazmine, otherwise known as Jaz or Jazzy J, age 14. She lives with Jamie, TACFs Southern Regional Science Coordinator, and loves to accompany Jamie on her chestnut-related work trips. Shes a frequent visitor to the TACF office in Asheville, where you can usually find her in Jamies lap. 

When Jamie isnt busy giving Jaz snuggles, shes directing and supporting chapter science programs, including activities such as pollination, harvest and seed collection, seed storage and distribution, planting site selection, directing
the planting and maintenance of chestnut trees, and inoculating and selecting trees.

Keep on the lookout for the other pets of TACF!Image attachmentImage attachment

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What I want to know is does Jazzy J like to eat chestnuts like my Bucky did

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hiring! We're seeking a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF and is the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and must possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and initiative. The ideal candidate will understand a nonprofit environment and have a strong commitment to service.

Applications close at 12:00PM on March 22, 2024. Please visit the employment page for a complete job description and additional details. tacf.org/employment/
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The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is hiring! Were seeking a highly organized full-time Operations Specialist. The Operations Specialist is the face of TACF and is the first point of contact for all visitors to the national office in Asheville. They will balance a variety of responsibilities and must possess a high degree of flexibility, professional attitude, and initiative. The ideal candidate will understand a nonprofit environment and have a strong commitment to service.

Applications close at 12:00PM on March 22, 2024. Please visit the employment page for a complete job description and additional details. https://tacf.org/employment/

Who's up for a roadtrip? If you live in the New England region there are a couple great opportunities to connect with a state chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation this weekend!

The CT-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT Feb 22-25 (tacf.org/event/tacf-at-the-hartford-flower-and-garden-show/)

And the ME-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer, ME on Saturday, Feb 24 (tacf.org/event/cabin-fever-reliever/).

Find more events near you on the TACF Events Calendar! tacf.org/events
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Whos up for a roadtrip? If you live in the New England region there are a couple great opportunities to connect with a state chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation this weekend!

The CT-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT Feb 22-25 (https://tacf.org/event/tacf-at-the-hartford-flower-and-garden-show/)

And the ME-TACF Chapter will be hosting a table at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer, ME on Saturday, Feb 24 (https://tacf.org/event/cabin-fever-reliever/). 

Find more events near you on the TACF Events Calendar! https://tacf.org/events
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