Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Department of Forestry Needs Your Help!

VDOF Tree Nurseries Seek Public ’s Help With Acorn & Seed Collection

Virginians can help preserve tree species by collecting acorns and seeds from 12 species and delivering them to the nearest office of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). Acorns and seeds must be received by October 10.

“Generally, the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October,” said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester. “Every bag of acorns and seed collected by citizens will help us keep Virginia beautiful.”

The species most needed are: Alleghany Chinkapin; Chinese Chestnut; Hazelnut; Black Oak; Chestnut Oak; Northern Red Oak; Pin Oak; Swamp Chestnut Oak; Swamp White Oak; White Oak; Willow Oak, and Black Walnut.

“Lawns or paved areas are ideal collection sites,” McLaughlin said. “A single tree located in these areas makes identifying the acorns easier.” He added that you should not collect from trees in the forest, since it can be difficult to identify acorns when many different species are nearby.
McLaughlin reminds anyone who is interested in collecting acorns or seed to: use paper bags (no plastic bags) to hold the acorns or seed; identify the tree species on the bag, and to not combine acorn or seed from different tree species in the same paper bag.

The Chesterfield region VDOF office is just south of Petersburg:

Virginia Department of Forestry
13209 Courthouse Road
Dinwiddie, Virginia 23841
Phone: 804.469.7343

See the press release at

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shake the Hands That Feed You - Richmond Area Farm Tour

Check out this awesome opportunity to tour 14 farms in the Richmond area and help your kids make the farm to table connection.  The tour will take place September 20 and 21, and the cost is $25 (in advance) per carload.