"COVID-19 has reinforced my thoughts on the importance and necessity of local food security. Planting perennial food sources, especially nut trees, is a way to ensure a food security for generations. A chestnut tree can produce 100s of pounds of nutrient dense food each season for 100s of years!" - Logan Fields
ABOUT HEARTWOOD NURSERY
Heartwood Nursery is a small-scale, low-tech, bare root nursery specializing in edible perennial plants. Heartwood Nursery is less than 1/2 acre yet home to over 1,000 trees! We propagate and grow a variety of fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, and nut trees. Our plants are grown sustainably with love. Our trees are grown in deeply mulched permanent beds. These require zero plastic pots and dramatically less water to stay happy. Deep mulch also transforms into vibrantly rich soil that feeds the plants. We grow our trees using minimal off-farm inputs, and we never ever spray or use harmful chemicals in the nursery. We produce our own compost and biochar and inoclulate each tree with mycorrhizal fungi. Heartwood Nursery is located at Natembea Northwest, a cooperative farm project in Port Townsend, Washington.
The nursery is a one-woman operation, so it's been easy for me to maintain social distancing in the nursery. However, I unfortunately lost my two interns during my busiest time of the propagation season. COVID-19 has reinforced my thoughts on the importance and necessity of local food security. Planting perennial food sources, especially nut trees, is a way to ensure a food security for generations. A chestnut tree can produce 100s of pounds of nutrient dense food each season for 100s of years!
I think it is also critical to acknowledge the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is important that farmers and consumers recognize the history of U.S. agriculture is inseparable from racism. Our agricultural good system was built on the stolen labor of enslaved people and on the stolen land of Indigenous communities. This is something that I am reckoning with as a white farmer and am doing my best to better understand and learn how to dismantle racism in our community.
Nursery plants are available once the plants go dormant in late November, but you can pre-order now to reserve your plant! Available plants will include:
- Over 30 varieties of apples
- Limited selection of cherries, plums, and figs
- Berries: currants, aronia berry, black elderberry
- Nut trees: chestnut, heartnut, and hazelnut
- Heartwood Nursery's handmade heartnut necklaces are available year-round!
HOW TO PURCHASE:
Please see our website for availability and fill out our online form to pre-order plants!