I'm missing something here. How do you know the OP is in zone 7b?
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"
Didn't think of hazelnuts as growing here but that fellow is in North Dakota, so should be fine in Montana. One of my favorite nuts!
What do chestnuts taste like? I've never had one.
Is there any problem with them hybridizing with horse chestnuts? I ask because I have a horse chestnut tree and of course those are poisonous (tho the dogs think they're delicious and eat a great many of them). And it's already some sort of hybrid, intermediate between a couple wild types. The seeds germinate madly and if it weren't for squirrels, they'd take over the world.
yet another victim of Obsessive Weeding Disorder
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford. Tiny ad:
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show