Plant a Tree

Backcross breeding or mother tree orchards.

chestnut orchard

If you have a farm with well-drained silt loam or sandy loam soil, and you are willing to take care of and protect young trees, you could participate by planting an orchard for use in the breeding program. Growers will need to sign The American Chestnut Foundation's Germplasm Agreement. Contact Hill Craddock if you are interested in being a grower.  Click here to see Dr. Hill Craddock from the University of Chattangooga showing students how to plant American chestnut seedlings on Bridgestone Firestone Land.