Please join volunteers from The Laurel Hill Association and the American Chestnut Foundation on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, to harvest seeds at The Laurel Hill Association's Stockbridge Chestnut Preserve. This will be the 2nd harvest from our orchard. Seeds from our trees will be stored over winter and planted in the American Chestnut Foundation's Springside Park Seed Orchard in Pittsfield, and in other seed production orchards.
Meet at the Chestnut Preserve on South Street (Rt. 7), about 1/2 mile south of the Red Lion Inn. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy boots or footwear, and bring thick gloves. Bring water. We'll provide snacks for the group.
Now that this orchard is online and producing, harvesting seeds from here will become a much-anticipated annual event in early October each year!
Later that same day, at 2 p.m. members of the American Chestnut Foundation will plant potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees at Gould Meadow. Please join them for this event.