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Page Last Updated:  February 22, 2011

Books & Organizations & Publications


Practical Farmers of Iowa: A network of progressive farmers interested in sustainable agriculture and involved with a wide variety of cutting-edge practices and enterprises (including chestnut growing). One of the most respected and admired sustainable agriculture groups in the world.

ATTRA - Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas: A national center for information on sustainable farming. They have free information on pawpaws, ginseng, walnuts and more. 1(800)346-9140. Or .

Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA): A network of academics, hobbyists, and commercial nut growers sharing research and experience about northern nut trees, pawpaws and persimmons. They maintain an excellent website at :

Nebraska Nut Growers Association (NeNGA): Source of information on growing nut trees in a harsh climate. Also a source of scion wood. Address is 122 Mussehl Hall, UNL, East Campus, Lincoln NE 68583-0716.

The PawPaw Foundation: Organization dedicated to the domestication, commercialization, and promotion of North America's largest native fruit. or mail inquires c/o Snake Jones, 147 Atwood Research Facility, Kentucky State university, Frankfort, KY 40601-2355.

North American Fruit Explorers: Organization dedicated to the production, culture and promotion of native wild fruit. Mail inquires c/o Jill Vorgeck, RR 1 Box 94, Chapin, IL 62628.


"Tree Crops" by J. Russell Smith.

A wealth of information about crop producing trees from all over the world and especially North America. Available through interlibrary loan or can be ordered from Stockman-Grass Farmer Magazine. Also available from at

"Nut Growing Ontario Style" by John Gordon Jr.

Detailed information about selecting and growing a wide variety of crop producing trees for northern climates. Interlibrary loan or from John Gordon Jr., 1385 Campbell Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228-1404.

"Nut Tree Culture in North America" edited by Northern Nut Growers Ass. (NNGA).

Comprehensive hand book on the culture and propagation of nut producing trees for North America. Interlibrary loan. NNGA plans to release a revised edition.

"American Ginseng - Green Gold" by W. Scott Persons.

An excellent guide to ginseng production. Valuable for novice and experienced grower alike. Interlibrary loan or Acres U.S.A., 1(800)355-5313.


USDA's National Agroforestry Center (NAC)

Agroforestry Notes: Forest Farming

#3 American Ginseng Production in Woodlots

#4 Economics and Marketing of Ginseng

#5 Forest Production of Goldenseal


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