Sustainability has always been at the root of Oregon hazelnut production, from stewarding the land, to ensuring the most responsible growing, harvesting and processing practices.
Maintaining the long-term viability of the orchard land is a priority for Oregon hazelnut growers. For instance, debris is left on the orchard floor after harvest to encourage earthworm populations and provide nutrients for the following year.
Oregon hazelnut growers have supported a production research program since 1949 that continually evaluates hazelnut growing and handling practices, and encourages innovations. For instance, the Oregon hazelnut industry is behind a classic biological control success story that involved importing a wasp to control the aphid population, thus reducing the need for sprays.