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Help Cull Fortunes Cove Orchard — June 21
June 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come one, come all!
We need to go back to Fortunes Cove to finish culling the orchard this Wednesday, June 21st!!
If you have the time and the inclination, come on out to Fortunes Cove and give us a hand. With plenty of helpers this should be easy, quick and fun!
Here is the where, when and what:
Fortunes Cove Orchard
Nelson County. Near Lovingston, Virginia
GPS: 37.780825, -78.895897
From Charlottesville, take US-29 S to State Rte 718 in Lovingston. Follow State Rte 718 for 1.6 miles and turn right onto State Rte 651. Go another 1.6 miles and you’ll see the orchard.
When: Wednesday, June 21st at 9:00 AM
What: We are looking for volunteers to help lop and stack the unselected trees at the Fortunes Cove orchard this Wednesday (we culled the orchard last Wednesday, but need to cut the trees into manageable pieces and stack into burn piles).
Fortune Cove is a large and beautiful Virginia Chapter chestnut orchard. Last year we screened the trees in this orchard in order to assess the blight resistance of all the trees planted there. Some have enough blight resistance to move forward in the chapter breeding program (those are the standing trees in the orchard), but the rest of the trees, the susceptible trees, were cut down last week and need to be lopped and stacked in burn piles.
As the susceptible trees are removed, the best, most resistant trees will have room to grow and flower, and over the years will produce thousands of seeds to be planted in the chapter seed orchard. This is very important work and it’s crucial that the susceptible trees are removed soon. We will remove a couple hundred small trees on Wednesday, so we need a lot of help (many hands make light work!).
Thanks! Hope to see many of you there!!