What is Chestnut Orchard Solutions?

chestnut orchard solutions logoWe are small group of chestnut tree experts with more than 60 years combined experience in chestnut culture. We have started this company to help growers and/or investors establish and maintain edible chestnut orchards in Michigan. We believe that we can bring strong returns on investment and we have past and current results to prove this.

Standing in our favorite environment—a chestnut orchard.

Chestnut Orchard Solution's PartmersFrom left to right,President Josh Springer, PhD; Vice President and co-founder Dennis Fulbright, PhD; Secretary Carmen Medina-Mora, PhD.


Why Chestnut Orchard Solutions?

We have helped growers correctly establish chestnut orchards, while watching other growers do it wrong.   We want to make sure that our clients have a great experience while establishing the orchard. Everyone working at Chestnut Orchard Solutions has gained their chestnut experience through the successful Michigan State University chestnut program.

We develop orchard plans that work with nature, providing guidance to help you purchase the highest quality trees from the best nurseries, and using a planting plan conducive to your site.  We emphasize a strong program for orchard establishment as good practices in the early years of the orchard will pay dividends for decades.  At Chestnut Orchard Solutions we break it all down for you, allowing you to choose the best management practice with our counsel—or we can do it for you.


What Can Chestnut Orchard Solutions Do For You?

We are a service for a fee company. You can obtain consulting help, site visits, help with existing orchards, and help with restoration of old orchards; but what we really want to do is help growers establish new orchards using all the knowledge gained over the past 20 years. We can tell you how to do it, or we can do it for you. We can guide you away from advertisements for inferior trees and point you toward trees that will produce large amounts of high quality chestnuts.

We are proud of our accomplishments and can point at the successful management of chestnut blight, for example. Many of the highest yielding chestnut cultivars are susceptible to a disease called chestnut blight. We can help you manage chestnut blight. Our company is currently working with Michigan State University, the USDA and the EPA in registering a naturally occurring biological control (biopesticide) for chestnut blight management. The biopesticide is native to Michigan, has never been registered for commercial use, but is used in research programs.

Treatment and management of chestnut blight
Treatment and management of chestnut blight. Researchers removed one branch, treated the main stem and saved the tree in this orchard.