Badgersett is a type C for-profit research and development corporation, directed and operated by Mr. Philip A. Rutter. We are not part of any university or non-profit organization, although we cooperate with several. Root & Branch is our newsletter and catalog, written by Mr. Rutter and published once or twice each year, we hope.
We are located in the southeast corner of Minnesota, about 8 miles north of Iowa and 60 miles west of the Mississippi River. The farm is 160 acres of silt-loam soil, on the hilly uplands above the river. Winter temperatures are comparable to those 200 miles north; growing zone 4.
Our first nut trees were planted more than 20 years ago. Large plantings began in 1981.
Goals: To design and develop the plants, tools and techniques needed for a profitable "woody agriculture"; the production of main-crop food staples from woody plants; to make these tools and plants available to others, and to support the new crops and farmers as they grow.