Re-Greening the Black Walnut:

The Black Squirrel Farms Tour.

Though our site is currently closed to the public, we will host public tours when we open.

In the spring of 2022, we invite the public to come learn about the black walnut, a unique North American renewable resource. We’ll introduce you to the tree and its place in the New York pre-European settlement landscape. We’ll review the history of black walnut processing in the US and discuss our own approach. We’ll discuss the changing historical relationship between black walnuts and people, see some surprising uses for black walnut shells, shell and taste black walnuts from last year’s harvest and examine why a nut industry makes long-term sense for NYS, all on our beautiful site located along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Our 2022 tours will not be able to accommodate group sizes larger than twenty or smaller than five initially. To be placed on our no-obligation tour waitlist, contact us using this link and we will reach out to you personally when we open.

Juglans nigra, the tree that doesn’t grow in the forest….

Black Walnut Trees

The black walnut (juglans nigra) needs people more than other “wild” trees do. Come hear their side of the story.

80% of a cured black walnut is shell and that may be good news, not bad.

Black Walnut Products

Black walnut shells are a surprisingly under-appreciated opportunity and resource. Who would have thought?

Hazelnuts in spring.

A Future NYS nut industry is possible.

Growth isn’t inevitable but it is logical. Come find out why.

Are you interested in the history and future of NYS black walnuts?

Would you like to know how they taste, crack a few open yourself or maybe just relax and watch others do that?

Please contact Meghan Werth at

We’re interested to know what interests you. There’s a possibility that we could customize your tour and we’d be happy to add you to our waitlist.

Do you live near Penn Yan or Sterling NY and have black walnut trees of your own?