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Organized in 1952, MNGA supports interest in nut and fruit bearing trees, their products and their culture.

The three most popular nuts grown in Michigan are English (Carpathian or Persian) walnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts. We have members interested in black walnuts, butternuts, hickory nuts, heartnuts, pecans, buartnuts and other nuts as well as in minor fruits such as pawpaws and persimmons.

The Association hosts three meetings per year in spring, summer and fall— friendly interaction, lively discussion and good food help all to have an enjoyable day. The Association newsletter, The MNGA News, is mailed before each meeting and gives date, location, travel directions and a map. The MNGA News articles emphasize practical applications and are of interest to both beginning and experienced fruit and nut growers.


  • interest in nut-bearing plants and minor fruits;

  • scientific research in their breeding and culture;

  • standardization of names, and registration of worthy cultivars;

  • the dissemination of information about nut-bearing plants;

  • the encouragement of greater usage of these plants in Michigan agriculture, and for landscaping purposes.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.
-Chinese Proverb

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