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Suggested Meetings & Dates for 2010:

March 2 Scion Swap at Farm Bureau Insurance

May 16 Grafting at Arbor America, West Point, IN

Sept 12 Fall Meeting at Johnson County Park

Dec 5 Business meeting at Marion County Extension Center

03-30-08 The Spring scion wood swap meeting at Farm Bureau Insurance building in Indy.
05-18-07 The grafting demonstration and workshop will be at the Bill Scott farm near Franklin Indiana
09-21-08 Don and Fran Stohler
12-14-08 The elections and winter meeting will be held at the Marion County Purdue Extension office in Indianapolis.  


Spring scion wood swap meeting and a presentation by Jim McKenna, March 26th at the Farm Bureau building in Indy.
Spring grafting demonstration
and workshop meeting, May 21 at Duane Smith's near Bloomfield IN
The Fall meeting will be held at Charles Spurgeon's in Indianapolis On September the 10th. We will tour his grounds. This will be a joint meeting with the Illinois Nut Growers.  
The elections and winter meeting will be December 3rd. at the extension office in Indianapolis.  

Annual Business Meeting

December 4, 2005

Purdue Cooperative Extension Marion County Office

6640 Intech Blvd.

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2005

Place: Marion County Purdue Extension Office at 6640 Intech Blvd. Suite 120, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Printable map (135KB)  

Time: 11:30 AM, Pitch-in lunch. Meeting at 12:30 followed by the auction, ladies seed exchange and annual board meeting.

Speaker: Jim Mc Kenna has agreed to give a power point presentation on the American chestnut.

Jim plans to cover 4 facets of the American chestnut regeneration program:

1. The background on blight-resistance.
2. The American Chestnut Foundation (ACF) program.
3. The Indiana ACF program.
4. When we will have blight-resistant chestnuts.

Auction: If you have anything for the auction please bring it.

Ladies Seed Exchange: For details see Mari Briggs’ “Ladies Page” in the Hoosier Kernel.

Board meeting: At or about 3:00 PM.

Fall Meeting - Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Fall meeting will be held at the AEd Yates@ pecan grove, now owned by Joe Ballard of Owensboro, KY, who has invited the Indiana Nut Growers and Kentucky Nut Growers for a joint meeting at his orchard.  This is the pecan orchard which Ed planted and cared for, for many years.  Joe reports that there are 18 identified varieties in the 180 trees, and a few more whose identifications have been lost.

            Lunch starts at 11:30 Indianapolis Time / (Eastern STANDARD Time) which is one hour earlier than Kentucky (Eastern Daylight Saving Time).

      It is understood by your editor that activity times will be listed as Indianapolis Time.  We hope the KNGA folks follow thru on this, so that we truly have a Ajoint meeting!@  We hope the seasons (times) will not be Aout of joint.@ (Just couldn=t resist that one!  Editor.)

        For those of you who have never seen a commercial pecan harvester in operation, this is your opportunity to do so.  Joe will be there to answer your questions concerning pecan growing.   Jerry Lehman, representing INGA and Les Wilmouth along with Joe Ballard (KNGA) will handle the administrative and logistic arrangements for the meeting.

      Joe has rented a tent and a couple of Porta-Potties for our comfort and convenience.  Even though there will be a tent, please consider the possible cool weather in late October and dress accordingly.

      Bring tables, chairs, and silver service, plus your contribution to the large pot luck lunch.

Directions: If you have never been to Chrisney, IN please look at your Ind. road map:  You will find Chrisney located about 20 miles north of Owensboro KY.  Using an Indiana highway map, choose your best route from your location to the southern part of  US 231. For example, from Indianapolis: Take I 69/Indiana 37 from the south leg of I 465, south to Bedford, then follow US 50, west to US 231 at Loogootee . Turn south on US 231 and continue on 231 (checking your map) to County Road 950, (a gravel road) at the  NORTH  EDGE of Chrisney.  Turn right (west) on C.R. 950.  Go about a half mile.  The pecan orchard is on your left.

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ANNOUNCING, the first meeting of its type.  The 2004 joint meeting of NNGA (Northern Nut Growers Association) and NAFEX (North American Fruit Explorers). more information


March 28, 2004  --  Scion swap in Indianapolis

May 23, 2004  --  Grafting demonstration and your chance to try. Hosted by Drs. Cory & Beurt SerVaas at the Children’s Better Health Institute

September 26, 2004  --  Fall Meeting @ Gene & Betty Wild's

November ?, 2004  --  Winter meeting


March 23, 2003  --  Scion swap in Indianapolis

May 18, 2003  --  Grafting demonstration and your chance to try, at Drs. Dallas & Pamela Peak

September 14, 2003  --  50th Anniversary Fall Meeting in conjunction with the Indiana Chapters of the Walnut Council and American Chestnut Foundation at the John S. Wright Forestry Center, Purdue University.

November 23, 2003  --  Winter meeting at Marion County agent's office, featuring Back Yard Fruit Growing for the Beginner


Sunday, December 1, 2002

Click here for directions to 6640 Intech Blvd. Suite 120, Indianapolis, Indiana


The Indiana Nut Growers hosted the American Persimmon Conference Sept 27 & 28, 2002.  For more information, click here.  


May 19, 2002

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Winter Meeting

December 02, 2001

We'll eat our normal pitch-in dinner at 11:30 Indy time.  Meeting starts at 12:30.  Bring a plate to pass and/or a nutty dessert.  Other desserts are OK too.  You must bring table service.  There will probably be an auction, and we will have the results from any nut evaluations.  Meeting is at the Marion County agent's office.    

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Winter Meeting - Marion County Extension Office

December 3, 2000

Fall Meeting - Stohler's Nut Farm

September 17. 2000

We had a beautiful day for a great meeting.  Don had lots of trees to see and hazelnuts and chestnuts to sample.  Thank you Don.  


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May 21, 2000


Sunday March 26, 2000

The scionwood exchange went well.  I would estimate that we had 150 people present and lots of good grafting wood.  The meeting place was excellent.  I think back on the old place we used to have the exchange in and realize that we would never have fit.   We are blessed.    

If you picked up some wood and don't know what to do with it, the next meeting is our grafting demonstration and practice. 



The regular fall meeting was held at Purdue Univ. in W. Lafayette, IN on September 12, 1999.  The host was fellow member, Dr. Bruce Bordelon. We were privileged to get a tour where we saw: 40 seedling chestnut trees (some bearing), 150 pawpaw seedlings (many were bearing, some heavily), apple test plots, many grapes (this is Dr. Bordelon's specialty), plums and a few pears. There remain a few nut trees that were planted back in the 1950s. They are filberts, pin oaks, persimmon, butternuts (4), and a very large Carpathian planted by Dr. "Pappy" Ward. Dr. Ward's Carpathian did not bear heavily this year (Dr. Bordelon told us that it typically bears such that the nuts are several inches deep under the tree) but we will try to get enough nuts for evaluation.  

Here are pictures from the meeting.    


Claypools' orchard has over 2,000 persimmon trees. Jim had a serious medical problem last winter and is recovering slowly.  Jim has turned over his work to the INGA. Members are invited to become involved with breeding and testing. James Claypool is the worlds' most prolific breeder of the American persimmon. He is cutting out persimmon trees to make room for others and many of these being cut out are better than most trees in the wild.

DATE Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999