Learn about Hazelnuts & Grower Seminars

Grower seminars

These are a one-day comprehensive seminar/workshop conducted by industry professionals, Colin Carter and Noel Fitzpatrick. These are held at various locations in Victoria and NSW (near the ACT). 

Colin runs his family’s nursery business Trufficulture Pty Ltd (Truffle Tree production) and subsidiary Hazelnut Nursery Propagators in Gembrook, Victoria along with Trufficulture's young, productive truffiére and hazelnut grove.
Noel operates a truffiére in Gippsland, Victoria and is a full time truffle farm consultant.
Both Colin and Noel have many years’ experience in truffle growing & education and have completed several truffle study tours to Europe.

The seminars runs from 9.30am through to 3.00pm after which there is generally a farm walk on a truffiére or hazelnut grove. A light lunch and morning tea is provided.

Topics covered include understanding the life cycle of both crops, climate & soil, plantation establishment, quality assurance and tree certification, ongoing maintenance, harvesting & grading, marketing and industry overviews. Also covered is the concept of growing both crops together in a synchronized plantation. The presentation on hazelnuts includes the expected return on investment (ROI) figures for hazelnuts.

A COVID safe plan will be in place which includes required social distancing, reduced numbers, etc.

Please click here for more information and to register. The Registration fee is $198 per person.  

For further information, assistance with registering or enquire about future seminars please contact us.


Ebook – Cultivating hazelnuts in Australia

We recently released an ebook on Cultivating Hazelnuts in Australia. The cost is $55 (incl gst). It's co-authored by Colin and Nathan Carter with advice from Bruce West (hazelnut industry pioneer).

This ebook would be suitable for anyone contemplating setting up a hazelnut grove. However, it would be a good reference for someone with established hazelnuts to ensure the best maintenance issues are being followed.

The hazelnut industry has had a problematical history owing to older varieties not being successfully pollinated. Now we have newer compatible polliniser varieties that ensure good pollination and therefore nut set. The pollination issues and discussion of all the varieties is included.

It has a practical step by step approach to establishing a new hazelnut grove from soil preparation, liming, cultivation, setting out and planting. There’s also a section on managing an established grove and discusses the maintenance issues like weed control, de-suckering, pruning, watering, pests and diseases.

Later there is a section on harvesting and drying hazelnuts. This is followed by marketing and looking at value added products, like roasted kernel and hazelnut meal and paste. There is a section on ornamental uses with hazelnut hedges and garden planting. The final section is a brief discussion on growing truffles on hazelnuts. There is also a spreadsheet on Return on Investment for commercial hazelnuts.

The ebook is 33 pages and the pdf file size is 3MB so it can be emailed. Alternatively, it is available on CD rom or Memory stick for additional charge (including packing & postage).

Contact us to purchase this ebook