WHY GROW HAZELNUTS?

 

 There are many benefits to growing hazelnuts!

 

  • Hazelnuts are delicious, and high-protein!

 

  • Hazelnuts are a high-value, perennial, and sustainable crop.

 

  • Hazelnuts are a low-input (and low-odor), practical, small lot crop, and are a great option for hobby farmers.

 

  • Hazelnuts are well suited for certain BC growing regions.

 

  • Hazelnut orchards can accommodate the growth of other crops between the tree rows, in the early years of orchard establishment.

 

  • Hazelnut orchards offer livestock grazing between the tree rows at certain times of year, and cull hazelnuts are high-value livestock feed.

 

  • Hazelnuts offer opportunities for value-added processing.

 

  • Hazelnuts are not perishable off the tree as other fruit crops may be.

 

  • Hazelnuts preserve agricultural diversity and food security in BC, and give BC consumers another opportunity to 'buy local'.

 

  • Hazelnut trees offer a source of early pollen for bees.

 

  • Hazelnut trees sequester carbon.

 

  • Hazelnut trees provide beauty, shade, and privacy.

 

 ... and a few more listed here, "A world of benefits from something so small!", and here!