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Sources of hybrid hazelnuts

Young hybrid hazelnutsAfter learning about all of the benefits of the new hybrid hazels, I had to go out and buy one.  A quick search of the internet turned up two options.  If I was willing to buy at least $75 worth of shrubs, I could get proven hybrids for $3 apiece from Badgersett Farms.  I was sorely tempted, but twenty plus shrubs seemed to be a bit too much for us to handle.

Instead, I joined the Arbor Day Foundation's Hazelnut Project for $20 and will soon receive my three "free" bushes.  On the down side, these bushes are experimental and may not have the proven results I would have gotten from Badgersett Farms.  On the up side, I'll be participating in a scientific experiment, seeing how new hazel varieties grow in different parts of the U.S.  I'll look forward to seeing how the hybrid hazelnuts integrate into our forest garden.

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Badgersett is an awesome option. I've ordered and split my order with friend/etc. They'll ship two separate shipments for people like me, it's just one extra shipping charge but same order so if your neighbor wants some, etc. etc.

If you ever want to see their farm it's pretty cool. We're north of there just a tad and would be willing to host if you're that interested after your first harvest. I'm still waiting on mine to come up to size and nut-out? I'm missing a term of specialty because "fruit" doesn't work in this case. :D

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