I found out about Twisted Tree Nursery, in upstate New York, last year via Edible Acres Youtube site. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post this but I like to support people that put themselves on the line to do something good. Akiva is doing some good work with Chestnuts and other edibles. Check out his site and support his endeavor, if possible.
Here is an excerpt from his site:
"Our nursery is probably not what you would expect. We live and work here. This is a small family run operation. The nursery is right next to our vegetable garden and below the chickenyard. We're growing almost all of our plants in deeply enriched beds, and a few in pots. There are piles of wood chips and compost, kids toys, a swing set, dog poop, and sheds in various stages of construction.
Organic, natural, funky, whatever you want to call it, our nursery beds are real. They are made of living soils, that we feed and feed. The soil is so deep and friable in our beds at this point that I can pull burdock roots out without a tool. The soil is nourished and protected, and built up constantly. There is no runoff or volatilization. We can fit high densities of trees in a small space because it is so taken care of. The roots of our trees are so fibrous and beautiful, that we often gasp and admire each one as we carefully dig them up for transplant or sale.
Sadly, our nursery, along with a handful of others, is strange. It does not fit in with the typical model of how edible and ornamental plants are raised.
Many people have woken up to the horrors of industrial agriculture and see it for what it is: a destructive and poisonous process. The nursery industry is often one of the most environmentally damaging. In almost all nurseries you can find the rampant use of synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and excessive use of plastic and peat moss. Plants are hopped up on high doses of nitrogen to make them look vigorous while their roots are often crammed into a circular pot filled with peat moss and chemicals. This is often ignored because we are not directly eating the plants grown in nurseries. However, our streams, aquifers, soils, and wildlife bear the burden of our disregard.
At Twisted Tree our trees and plants are grown from a place of reverence for nature. Our soils are fed rich compost made from rotting leaves, wood chips, manure, and food scraps. Our fertilizers are made from fish, compost tea, and manure. Weed control is achieved through a thick mulch of wood chips and hand pulling.
Because our trees are grown in a living, vibrant soil, their roots are often coated with mycelium when we dig them up for transplanting.
We are proud of the healthy, respected, naturally grown trees that we offer to the community and to the land around us." Akiva Twisted Tree Nursery
Pearl, you are welcome.
I'm so excited to get the Hungarian Black Locust (bred to grow straight up) and beach plums. I've been waiting since last year as they sold out before I got on the ball. Last year I purchased chestnuts and they are hardy buggers.
This is the perfect place to put this sort of info (permies.com). If anyone's ordered from Akiva and wants to put an acorn score in this thread, we'd be able to add Twisted Tree to the Seed and Plant Supplier Review Grid which would be awesome. Just add a reply to this thread that starts with the magic words "I give this nursery X out of 10 acorns". Then add your review to explain your love/feelings. We'll then do some magic to make the review grid "see" this thread.
"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"
Akiva started his nursery by hunting down quality trees with stacked functions. This isn't a big nursery pumping out Nitrogen/Crack baby trees. He is raising his trees like a true steward of the land. He actually looks for quality trees and then propagates them in an organic/permies fashion.
I don't know him personally but you get a sense of the kind of person he is by watching his Youtube videos or reading the articles he writes. This is my second year purchasing. My son mowed over 6 of the eight baby chestnuts I planted and they all came back up. Hardy trees.
He is big on Chesnuts, Hungarian Black Locust (lumber grade that grow straight trunked), Berry bushes and etc. Much, if not all of his trees are coming from witness type trees from the forest or from his own land. There is a small permies movement in and around the area so there is a lot of sharing of knowledge and stock.
I recently purchased Americana Plums and tried to get the Wild Apricots but he doesn't have them this year. If you want something you better get on a mailing list as he runs out of stock fast.