Several TN Chapter members presented Dr. Greg Weaver with the TACF Volunteer Services award at his Lieper’s Fork farm on Sunday, December 8. In addition to presenting him the award and catching up with him and his wife, Paula, the group also toured his chestnut orchard. The orchard, which is on of Tennessee’s largest backcross breeding orchards, was evaluated for blight resistance this past summer – see blog post.
Greg Weaver’s dedication and leadership have made an enduring contribution to the Tennessee Chapter. In addition to serving as President from 2007 to 2009, Greg established a 450 tree backcross orchard on his hilltop farm in Leipers Fork. His excellent carpentry skills were used in constructing a substantial deer fence and an elaborate rainwater harvesting system for irrigating his orchard in addition to building an immense display built from reclaimed chestnut lumber. Greg installed a prominent chestnut exhibit and planting at Baptist Hospital where he is employed and established a chestnut planting at DuMont Hill Park in his home town of Scottsville, KY as well as represented the chapter at numerous festivals and community events. In his time off Greg enjoys hiking in the mountains where he has found the remains of several enormous chestnut trees. Greg’s steadfast commitment has made great strides toward the restoration of the American chestnut.
Thank you Greg!!!