New York Tree Crop Alliance Cooperative (NYTCA)

Our NYTCA Cooperative updates!


NYTCA web site is actively being updated.   Please visit our web site at: 

We will have an open house this July 22/23, 2024' time frame to work with the national joint conference of Chestnut Growers of American (CGA) and Northern Nut Growers of American (NNGA).  See details and registration here: Northern Nut Growers Association – Advancing the cultivation of temperate zone tree nuts since 1910 ( 

Our NYTCA Cooperative is working with Cornell to develop processes, and products in 2023 and 2024’.  We have bought most of the processing equipment in 2023’.  We now have two outreach coordinators working on the processes and getting the equipment to work on an efficient process flow.  We still have much work to do but we are on our way.  

In fact, we made our first production of prototype products.

This has been made possible by the  Edwards Mother Earth Grant.  The grant will help lower the barriers to for everyone from all walks of life to plant, grow, harvest and process nuts by the NYCA Coop.  This will allow for the grower to capture the maximum return possible for their efforts as the NYTCA Cooperative gives back all net proceeds back to the grower based on their patronage.  We thank all that help us get this grant and Tompkins County CCE to oversee this grant award.  We at Z’s Nutty Ridge LLC have been working toward this for the last 30 years developing and proving out nut trees for our region, so we can have a nut industry to fill all the fallow hillside fields throughout the Northeast.

We are proud to be a member of NYTCA Cooperative!

The NYTCA is a group of nut farmers that have pooled their resources and knowledge to enable and assist with the processing, sales and marketing of hazelnuts, chestnuts and other nut crops through documented processes to ensure quality.

Were here to assist new growers and accept nuts for processing by non-members as well.  At the end of the year we retain no profit because we give back all net proceeds to the growers based on the pounds received.  

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