Members’ Hazelnuts: Now Growing

Jan 22 by in Arbor Day, General, Greenhouse, Hazelnuts tagged , , with 13 comments

Sprouted Hybrid Hazelnut

Late last summer, the Arbor Day Farm greenhouse staff reached out to a select group of Arbor Day Foundation members – specifically those who’d signed on to further the research of the hybrid hazelnut program.

We needed their help, and they didn’t disappoint.
First, a little backstory:

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Consortium Gathers to Discuss Hybrid Hazelnuts

Dec 20 by in General, Hazelnuts, Nature tagged , , with 2 comments

Arbor Day Farm Hybrid Hazelnuts

Members of the Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium gathered for their annual meeting last week at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm. Representatives from all four institutions were present: the Arbor Day Foundation, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and the University of Nebraska.

The goal of the Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium is to create a world leading research and breeding program to develop hazelnuts as a widely adapted, high-yielding and low-input sustainable crop that is competitive with annual crops for food, feed or bio-energy.

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How It’s Made: Apple Cider at Arbor Day Farm

Aug 30 by in Apples, Food & Drink, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Arbor Day Farm apple cider

If you’ve ever watched the TV show “How It’s Made” on the Science Channel, you’ll appreciate this brief look at how Arbor Day Farm’s apple cider press works.

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Apple Harvest 2012: Carrying on the Tradition

Aug 29 by in General tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Bushels and boxes of apples, circa 1930; Joy Morton Orchard Company, Arbor Day Farm.

Bushels and boxes of apples, circa 1930, from the Joy Morton Orchard Company, now known as Arbor Day Farm.

Apples and apple orchards are a time-honored tradition at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, and the 2012 apple harvest carries on that heritage.

Apple trees have thrived here since 1855, when J. Sterling Morton and his wife, Caroline, moved to Nebraska City from Michigan, and planted several varieties of apple trees on their homestead, the property now known as Arbor Day Farm.In the 1920s, J. Sterling and Caroline’s son, Joy – founder of the Morton Salt Company – partnered with Grove Porter and formed the Joy Morton Orchard Company on this land, one of many local orchards supplying a wide selection of apples for the southeast Nebraska region.

Today, the orchards at Arbor Day Farm are still going strong, even with the very dry year that 2012 has turned out to be. As is typical in drought years, the apples are smaller in size this year but the quantity of apples in the orchard remains relatively consistent with recent harvests.

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Summertime Orchard: Behind the Scenes

Jul 11 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , with no comments

MiniApple_150

It’s summertime at the orchards here at Arbor Day Farm, and we find ourselves in the middle of a very hot, very dry spell here in Nebraska City. We doing a lot of the same things that you’re probably doing in your backyard gardens: watering when we can, pulling weeds, helping our plants and trees mitigate the stresses of the season. As is typical in hot and dry years, the apples will likely be smaller in size and will mature faster this fall, resulting in an earlier apple harvest.

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Art in the Woods: Opens June 9 at Arbor Day Farm

Jun 06 by in General tagged , , , with 1 comment

Art in the Woods | Arbor Day Farm

There’s a bit of a buzz through the trees at Arbor Day Farm this week — and I don’t just mean the summertime cicadas.

The buzz I’m talking about is centered around the grand opening of our new exhibit called Art in the Woods. This collection of nature-inspired sculptures and artwork will be unveiled here Saturday. These days leading up to the grand opening are filled with artists coming and going, hauling supplies deep into the forest, overcoming unexpected challenges (“…what do you mean the epoxy isn’t holding?…”) and making sure all the parts and pieces are in place.

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Love is in the Air: A Depot Proposal

May 30 by in Discovery Ride, Engagement Proposals, General, Weddings tagged , , , , , with 2 comments

Arbor Day Farm marriage proposal

My little brother, Ted, proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years, Nicole, at Arbor Day Farm last week.  It was a wonderful evening!  Everything was made even more special by the trifecta of my involvement in the event: (1) I am Ted’s big sister, (2) I served as Ted’s top-secret proposal planning assistant, and (3) I am an employee of the Arbor Day Foundation.  I’m thrilled to have the chance to share the story with the readers of this blog.

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The Cottonwood Project: Restoring a Riverbank

May 18 by in Arbor Day, Cottonwoods, General, Nature tagged , , , , , with 1 comment

1,500 cottonwoods were planted along the Missouri River

How do you plant 1,500 cottonwoods? One tree at a time.

A crew of employees from the Arbor Day Foundation and The Nature Conservancy gathered this week to bring cottonwoods back to a section of land near the Missouri River bank, just north of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The restoration project
is a collaborative effort of the two organizations, along with the U.S. Forest Service and the Nebraska Forest Service, designed to bring life and sustainability back to the riverbank.

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Nebraska Senator Johanns tours Arbor Day Farm

Mar 30 by in General, Greenhouse, Hazelnuts, Trees tagged , , , , with 1 comment

Senator Mike Johanns at Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, NE -- March 2012

Nebraska City, Neb. (March 30, 2012) – Senator Mike Johanns toured Arbor Day Farm Friday morning and was the keynote speaker for the American Agri-Women mid-year meeting, hosted at Lied Lodge & Conference Center March 29-April 1.

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Artists Announced for Art in the Woods at Arbor Day Farm

Mar 14 by in General, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , with 1 comment

Art in the Woods

Nebraska City, NE – A selection committee is proud to announce six artists to showcase nature-inspired art installations in ‘Art in the Woods,’ an outdoor art exhibit coming to Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure in Summer 2012. Submissions were received from 35 artists spanning eight U.S. states and Canada, with media that ranged from stained glass and steel to willow branches and ceramics.

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