Hello all. I'm brand new here and stumbled upon your site while trying to do some research on hickory trees. My wife and I just moved to Saskatchewan in the summer of 2017. Still working towards getting our own farm/ acreage to start our homesteading adventures.
I want to get into butchering and making my own meats.
I have them growing native in 5b. North shore of Lake Ontario. I got a bunch started in 4b and they seem to be OK, they all survived a tough winter. If you're close to the south border and near large water for the slightly warmer micro climate maybe you can make it work. Go ahead and try. You might be in zone 5 in time.
I would be more concerned with aridity. You could find out what is traditionally used in the area to smoke meats and see if that works for you, as well.
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