Buy the best book on black walnut agroforestry in Canada, "Biomass Nut Production in Black Walnut"
by ECSONG member Neil Thomas.
Shortly after Y2K, Neil entered into an arrangement with Algonquin College to define requirements for a group of mechanical engineering students to design and build equipment to provide experience in a real world situation. A black walnut cracker was designed and built, a nut washer/dehuller, some nut gatherers, and a shell grinder-pelletizer.
Neil died in 2012 and donated the developed equipment to Kemptville College, part of the University of Guelph. The College was closed in 2014. ECSONG does not know if or where Neil's equipment survives.
Neil Thomas with his seed planting tool and grass mower