At Chestnut Charlie's we have made a commitment to hand harvesting our nuts. Besides providing jobs in our community, we avoid having to maintain yet another piece of heavy equipment! We are able to harvest daily rain or shine without compressing the soil and are able to leave prunings and other organic material on the ground. A win-win-win for us, our helpers and our customers.
If you wish to help with the harvest on a regular basis, check out the information on the Harvest Help tab. An alternative is to come and pick your own. After the harvest begins, we'll be able to schedule one or two weekends for pick your own. The dates will be posted here on the web site and we will send you a note directly, if you sign up below.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Contact us if you wish to receive an e-mail when chestnuts are available or when the pick your own harvest is ready.
Charlie started planting chestnut
trees in 1995 on old farm ground north of Lawrence, Kansas. Following
organic practices from the start, the orchard has been
certified organic annually since 1998.
Growing up around wild black walnut trees in eastern Kansas, and being inspired by the visionary economist J. Russell Smith, author of Tree Crops, a Permanent Agriculture, Charlie has always been driven to plant trees that produce food. Whether talking about erosion, water quality, dead zones or global warming, trees are part of the solution. "The more we learn about modern petrochemical-based agriculture,
the more convinced am I that tree crops offer a lifesaving, sustainable
path to the future."
Since cancer rates began to increase in the 1950s and '60's,
and pesticides and other synthetic farm chemicals showed up in ground
water and were implicated in the the poor health of farmers, it has
been Charlie's bedrock conviction that we would farm organically or not at
all. Chestnut Charlie's is certified organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).
We are proud members of the Chestnut Growers of America