The Michigan chestnut industry has been growing steadily over the last decade, with a lot of interest in production from new growers. To address this interest, Michigan State University Extension will be holding a one-day workshop to introduce attendees to the opportunities and challenges of commercial chestnut production.

The Chestnut Orchard Establishment Workshop will be held on April 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station, 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815. The cost of the event is $50 and includes lunch and support materials. Registrations cancelled after April 15 will incur a $10 cancellation fee.

The workshop will include: an introduction to the history of the industry in Michigan; an economic analysis of production; orchard establishment and design; pest management; harvesting, marketing and storage; and more.

Those attending are encouraged to visit before the event for a primer on chestnut production.  The ‘Production considerations’ section may be particularly helpful.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

Please contact Erin Lizotte at with any questions.