National Nut Month is Just Around the Corner!

Go Nuts in October with the Iowa Nut Growers Association

October is National Nut Month, and Saturday, October 22nd is National Nut Day, a day set aside for letting out the nuttiness in each of us. The Iowa Nut Growers Association is celebrating all things nuts with several great events in October including the Hazelnut Academy Course starting on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. All events are free to attend but registration is appreciated. For more information contact Jeff Jensen, 515-320-6756 or Mary Ellen Miller, 515-783-6390

2022 Southern Iowa Nut Tour - Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 to 3:30

Starting Location: Indian Hills Community College, 721 N 1stSt., Centerville IA 52544

Chestnut Planting: Virgil Knobloch 13222 262nd St. Bloomfield IA 52537

Ending Locatin: R J Lumber, 19198-19196 160th St. Bloomfield, IA 52537

Join the Iowa Nut Growers Association at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville on Saturday, October 1st starting at 10:00 am. Learn about the Iowa Hazelnut Project and tour the research plot at Indian Hills where varieties of chesnut, pecan, hickory, hazelnut, black walnut and more are growing. We'll take a tour of the research site and see some beautiful trees. We'll also be seeing some of the processing equipment in action.

After lunch, we'll visit a newly planted chestnut planting near Bloomfield. don't miss your chance to see what it takes to get started with your vey own planting. Owner/operator Virgil Knobloch planned out the site, prepared it for planting, and is establishing seedlings this fall.

The day will conclude with a short tour of R J Lumber north of Bloomfield where they process logs sourced from throughout the Midwest, including some amazing black walnut logs. See what a modern-day sawmill and lumber yard looks like and how it operates.

This will be a great day of fun; register for door prizes, including some hazelnut seedlings. Lunch is NOT included but available at the Indian Hills Community College cafeteria so we can eat on-site. Please RSVP for lunch count at this link

Click here for southern IA Nut Tour Flyer

Click here for Southern IA Nut Tour Press Release

2022 Northern Iowa Hazelnut Field Day - Saturday, October 8,th starting at 1:00pm

Hazel Acres and Nut Haven will play host to the 2022 North Iowa Hazelnut Field Day on Sturday, Oct. 8th. We will tour the IA Nut Growers Association Hazelnut Test Plot and learn about some of the promising experimental genotypes being tested. At Nut Haven we'll see the husking equipment and visit the gravel beds where hazelnuts are growing; see the massive rots that can be grown using this gravelbed method. See a new planting established in 2022 and get your hands dirty planting some seedlings at this new site. Join Jeff Jensen for a tour and discussion about agroforestry, water quality, and the Iowa Hazelnut Project.

Registration link:

Click here for North IA hazelnut Field Day Flyer

Click here for North Iowa Hazelnut Field Day Press Release

2022 Central Iowa Hazelnut Field Day - Sunday, October 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The Nut Growers are coming to Central Iowa for a field day in Earlham. Join us at the farm of Rich Taylor to see a mature planting of hazelnuts on a picture-perfect farm and see how to process hazelnuts getting from the nut cluster to nice round in-shell nuts. Rich has one of the largest hazelnut plantings in Iowa and will show us the orchard and his little slice of heaven.

Registration link:

Click here for Central Iowa Hazelnut Field Day Flyer

Click here for Central Iowa Hazelnut Field Day Press Release

2022 Eastern Iowa Hazelnut Field Day - Saturday, October 22nd starting at 5:00 pm

It's National Nut Day and the Nut Growers need your help to celebrate. We're hosting a field day at the Dell Lawrence Hazelnut Tes Plot near Marion and showcasing some of the various ways to consume hazelnuts; from beer to roasted nuts to chocolate and more. Join the Iowa Nut Growers Association to learn about the IA Hazelnut Project and get updated on some of the test plots established througout Iowa and those being planned. Don't miss out on this evening of fun and fellowship.

Registration Link

Click here for Eastern Iowa Hazelnut Field Day Flyer

Click here for Eastern Iowa Hazelnut Field Day Press Release

In addition to the free events listed above, we'll also be planting hazelnuts with FFA students at Kingsley Pierson High School in Kingsley Iowa on Monday, Oct. 10th adding to the Hazelnut Test Plot there and teaching students the value of perennial crops. We wrap up the month on Saturday, October 29th at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for Trick or Trees from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm where the IA Nut Growers Association will have a booth and be giving away some roasted hazelnuts to the hundreds of families that will be gathering for a day of fun and costumes.

Hazelnut Academy

Class Schedule

All sessions will be virtual Zoom Calls

October 2022, 6:00pm to 7:30 pm
Session 1 - Sunday, Oct. 2nd IA Hazelnut Project: the future of Iowa is nuts!
Sesson 2 - Sunday Oct. 9th Hazelnut Primer: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Session 3 - Sunday, Oct. 16th Planning: the best laid plans of mice and men
Sesson 4 - Wednesday, Oct. 19th Planting and Maintenance: caring for your investment
Session 5 - Sunday, Oct. 23rd Harvesting and Processing: Basics
Sesson 6 - Wednesday, Oct. 26th Marketing, record keeping, food safety

To register for the zoom link

The IA Nut Growers Association will be hosting the Hazelnut Academy for new or prospective growers looking to explore the opportunities and challenges growing hazelnuts in the Midwest. Don't get burned by the mistakes that other growers have learned the hard way. We will start with the basics and work our way through planning, establishment, maintenance, harvesting, processing, marketing and more.

Click here for the Hazelnut Academy Press Release