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Last updated January 29, 2015

"Two-Day" Short Course:
Woody Agriculture: Theory and Hazelnut Practices

Thinking about attending? See what previous attendees have to say about it! "Your course is an excellent educational opportunity and well worth the time and money."

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN
April 10-13, 2015

Please note: while the classes themselves are only on Saturday and Sunday, it is strongly recommended that you show up on Friday evening to get acquainted with your instructors and classmates, and the on-farm class/tour on Monday is a valuable experience.

While some of the content and format will be similar to the 2014 short course, there will be many changes, and the newest research results are of course new every year! Last year's syllabus is posted below and will be updated as it is developed. This year, we may shedule concurrent classes; another good reason to bring a friend!

The order form and pricing at the bottom of the page are correct- you can lock in your early-bird rate now!

We highly recommend getting there on Friday night. The two days we have available are none too long; we're going to be cramming at least a semester's worth of information into this course. Our first meal is supper on Friday, and our first class will start on Saturday at 9 AM. For the past several years we have had a class after the evening meal on Saturday as well. Last class should end at 4 PM Sunday. There will be additional in-field instruction at Badgersett Farm on Monday for the morning at least (whatever the weather), the focus of which will depend on those who can attend.


The accommodations at Eagle Bluff were primarily designed as school "dormitories", with each room having 2 bunk beds. Photos can be found here. You can find more general information about the facility at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center home page.


Since most of their clientele arrive in school buses, Eagle Bluff does not have a regular commercial bus service. Please email us if you need help getting there. We are also limited, but we'll do our best to help out here. In past years we've had a number of people flying into or coming down from Minneapolis/St. Paul; we'll try to put you in touch with each other, at the least.

You can refer to Eagle Bluff's directions for maps and instructions for how to get there. Alternatively, detailed directions can be found at these two places: MapQuest or Google Maps.

Basically, Eagle Bluff is on the road (County 8) between Lanesboro and Fountain. Signs directing to Eagle Bluff are good and fairly hard to miss. If you've never been there before, however, it would be good to allow a little extra time to find it.

Pre-Class Reading

If this were a formal university class, these would be "required reading". Please do make an effort to read what you can, as it will speed the classes considerably.

On the Badgersett Website:

Highly Recommended:

Rough Course Outline

State-of-the-art material is presented in each section with updates every year; sections entirely new to the course are marked as NEW! The whole schedule is tentative at this point, but particularly tentative sections are also marked- let us know which ones you'd most like to hear.

Day 1: Classes will start with Woody Agriculture theory and progress to details of establishment and planning, primarily focussing on hazels:

Day 2: The detail continues, with fertilization, pest management, marketing and sales:

It is not recommended to attend only one day.

Weather permitting, those who can stay for the Monday following the course will be invited to tour the plantings at Badgersett Farm for informal observation and discussions. In the last couple of years this has included some formal propagation training, even in the rain!


Philip A. Rutter, MS

Founder, Badgersett Research Corporation
Founding President, The American Chestnut Foundation
Past President, Northern Nut Growers Association

Mr. Rutter created the concept and coined the phrase "Woody Agriculture", and he is the originator of the Accelerated Guided Evolution (AGE) breeding technique.

Research Associate, Badgersett Research Corp.

Chief Operating Officer, Badgersett Research Corp.


$299 early bird registration received thru March 13; $329 after March 13

Includes 2 nights lodging (Friday and Saturday nights) and 6 meals, starting with supper on Friday. Sunday night lodging is an additional $15.

Attendees will be required to fill out Eagle Bluff's Medical/Liability Release Form.

For certain parts of the presentations, you will also need to sign our confidentiality agreement.

To register by e-mail:
Copy this text order form into an e-mail to (PayPal Verified), fill it out and send it. Once we have begun processing your registration, you will get an e-mail invoice from PayPal with instructions on how to pay.

Please note: Some businesses block PayPal e-mail. To avoid such problems, you may wish to use a personal e-mail address. Payment processing both at Badgersett and at PayPal can take a variable amount of time, but in most cases you should receive an invoice from our PayPal account within 2-7 days.

To order by mail:
Send fees and participant information (address/phone/email) to:

Badgersett Farm
Woody Agriculture Short Course
18606 Deer Road
Canton, MN 55922

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