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Share Your Story With the Arbor Day Foundation

For nearly 20 years, members from across the country have been sharing photographs and stories about their experiences growing hybrid hazel shrubs in their gardens, acreages, and farms.

Everyone can contribute to the ongoing efforts by completing the Annual Hazelnut Survey. In addition to the information about your individual plants, we would like to learn how the hazels fit into your landscape and lifestyle. We welcome questions, of course, but we are also interested in learning how your family harvests, cracks, and enjoys the nuts at home.

Tell us about your:

  • Best cultural practices.
  • Cracking and hulling techniques.
  • Wildlife stories.
  • Color photos.
  • Favorite hazelnut recipes.
Submit your stories to: hazelnuts@arborday.org

  • This fall I harvested my first crop of hazelnuts. A new evening dynamic has evolved after dinner my wife and I sit with the Vise-Grips and a couple of baskets, cracking hazels and separating the shells from the nutmeat. We have spent more time being together than at any time since our courtship over 30 years ago. My wife thanks you. I thank you too. Together we look forward to finding better ways to crack all these nuts.

    Bob Chapin, Preston, Connecticut
  • We have all kinds of wildlife that frequent the backyard where our hazelnut bushes are planted. We enjoy watching the deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and chipmunks visit. Each year we harvest a crop of hazelnuts, but we would like to know how others are using the nuts. It sure would be nice if people would share some good hazelnut recipes.

    Diane Lambright, Crestline, Ohio
  • I would like to know how other members of the project are protecting and mulching their young seedlings to shelter the plants from the sun and wind during establishment. I look forward to receiving my next set of hazelnut shrubs this fall. I already have a place reserved on my property for acres of hybrid hazelnuts once superior cultivars have been proven.

    John Knorr, President, Nebraska Nut Growers Association
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