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1st Annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Week August 15-20th, 2022

August 15 - August 20

Wisconsin Hazelnut Week 

Please join us!  The week of August 15-20 will be a great opportunity to learn about hazelnuts, discover hazelnuts as both a farming opportunity and a tasty new local food, and get started with your growing and eating.  Below is a list of events.  Check back frequently as we add more events and opportunities.  Unless otherwise noted, all of the events are free and open to the public.  Registration is not required, but would be appreciated.  For any comments or questions contact: [email protected]

One of the Saturday Field Stops is at our new home farm–come see what we’ve been up to!

Monday, August 15

Hazelnuts 101 Webinar via Zoom

6PM to 7:00PM
Learn about this exciting new crop for Wisconsin from the comfort of your living room.  Jason Fischbach, UW-Extension Emerging Crops Specialist, will provide the latest information on everything you need to know about growing hazelnuts in Wisconsin.  Once you register you’ll receive the zoom connection information.

Thursday, August 18

American Hazelnut Company Field Day – La Crosse, WI

3 – 5 pm
M & S Enterprises
W4494 State Road 33 (south side of road) La Crosse, WI

This is your opportunity to see what a complete hazelnut operation can look like in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.  Our host, Mary Hovel, will show us her operation including mature 2 acres of production, a mechanical harvester, and drying and de-husking equipment.  Joining Mary will be the American Hazelnut Company, a grower-owned hazelnut processing and marketing company with more than 20 grower-members in the Upper Midwest.  Learn more about the company, how to get involved, and sample their amazing products all made with Midwest-grown hazelnuts!

Friday, August 19

Central Wisconsin Hazelnut Growers Network Field Day – Amherst Junction, WI

1 – 4PM

Sandbox Farm
243 County Rd. KK
Amherst, WI
Contact: Regina Hirsch @ 608-335-7755; [email protected]

This field day will feature the experimental hazelnut varieties being grown on Josh Stolzenburg’s Sandbox Farm.  A special presentation by Hailey Shanovich entitled, Bugs driving you nuts? When to scout and manage insect pests in hazelnuts. During this interactive presentation you will learn first-hand how to scout and identify each hazelnut insect pest, how to identify damage of each pest on your plants, and when (and if) to take action.  Jason Fischbach will also introduce the UMHDI 1st Generation Hazelnut Selections and discussion of the germplasm trial at Sandbox Farm. 

Saturday, August 20

Southern Wisconsin Field Day – Spring Green and Barneveld, WI – One day, two stops!

9AM – 12 Noon

Savanna Institute North Farm
E6828 State Rd 60
Spring Green, WI 53588

The Savanna Institute will host our first stop of the field day and give us a tour of their brand new North Farm near Spring Green. This working agroforestry farm is being developed as a model of what agroforestry can do. We’ll tour their brand new hazelnut planting and learn more about their plans and vision for the Farm.


1PM – 3PM

Blue Mound Hazelnuts
2504 County Road F
Barneveld, WI 53507

Our host, Paul Ronsheim, will give us a tour of his mature hazelnut planting and talk about his more than ten years of experience growing hazelnuts. This is a great chance to see mature hazelnut shrubs. We’ll also tour his DIY de-husking set up. A mechanical harvester will also be on-site so you can see what kind of equipment is used for machine harvesting.


Saturday, August 20

Northern Wisconsin Field Day – Ashland and Bayfield, WI – One day, three stops!

We’ll start at the Ashland Go-First Farm near Ashland, WI to tour a brand new 3-acre hazelnut planting and learn what it takes to successfully establish hazelnuts.  We’ll then caravan up to Bayfield to see a mature hazelnut planting at the UMHDI Germplasm Trials.  We’ll then visit Superior View Farm in Bayfield to learn more about hazelnut seedling production and ongoing propagation research. ​

8AM – 9AM

Ashland Go-First Farm
Bayfield Business Park
28850 Eileen Hall Rd
Ashland, WI 54806

10AM – 11AM

UMHDI Research Plantings
Blue Ox Cidery
87380 Betzold Rd.
Ashland, WI 54814

11AM – 12 Noon

Hazelnut Nursery
​Superior View Farm
86565 County Hwy J
Bayfield, WI 54814