Orchards will be irrigated to maximize harvest and overseeded with white clover to feed marauding deer and elk. The appropriate business license and water rights have been filed for both farms, which is required when irrigating more than 1/2 acre.
As the trees' drip linestouch, trees are quickly and mercilessly thinned to promote the orchard. Eventually, the trees will be thinned to 30' to 40' apart.
Nut harvest starts in years 4-7. Fresh chestnut online sales will be facilitated by our Alaska-based Web-marketing team. We will seek other farmers to plant chestnuts in the Panhandle and expect to create an Idaho Chestnut Cooperative.
In the meantime, we will grow chestnut seedlings and trees at the Sandpoint farm and sell and ship from Sandpoint. Sandpoint, Idaho will support our nut processing plant and seedling and tree sales.
Our orchards will need thousands of more seedlings in the coming years. Therefore, it makes sense to have a "paying nursery" where we can sell chestnut seedlings and small tress using our online sales team in Alaska.
When orchard equipment is not being used for Panhandle Chestnuts' activities, it will be contracted out to Panhandle Contracting, LLC.
This is a ten year project before profits. Luckily, our other businesses can support the orchard during that time.