Mark Shepard’s outstanding book Restoration Agriculture has made his nut tree breeding program famous. We are the exclusive Ontario importer of Mark’s stock. Here’s the description from his website:
The parents of our strain of hazelnuts come from the breeding programs of Jack Gellatley in Alberta, George Slate & others from Geneva, New York, Cecil Ferris of Michigan, Badgersett Research of Minnesota, Carl Weschke, the University of Wisconsin, and New Forest Farms all in Wisconsin. Wild American Hazelnut selections from high altitude Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota,Michigan, New York State and Maine have also found their way into our breeding program. Our breeding goals include: youthful bearing, high yields, pest & disease resistance, suitability for low-input and certified organic conditions.
All seed is open pollinated and all genetics are public domain with the intention for them to remain that way. Seed is selected from the top producing plants and only the best are allowed to shed pollen in our pollen-controlled breeding plots. Inferior plants are ruthlessly eliminated from the breeding site using a heavy duty flail chopper.
Since every Selected Seedling Hazelnut plant is genetically unique from every other one, they readily cross pollinate with one another. Plant Selected Seedlings with Controlled Cross Seedlings or Commercial Cultivars to ensure adequate pollination.
Hazelnuts are the nutritional equivalent of a soybean with 3 times the oil by kernel weight.
These are ungraded seedlings in bunches of 25 at $10 per plant. (See also Controlled Cross Selected Seedling Hazelnuts.)