Please Note ==> due to limitations of Meetup, I was forced to only allow for a 2 week period for this. Weather conditions are going to be a big factor on when acorns start to fall. Could be as early as the last weekends in October to as late as the last weekend in November before they finish falling.
Also, I've just been scheduled for bypass surgery on my heart for 9/19. However, I hope to be on my feet by the time everyone has collected their acorns. I know I promised to come get your acorns beforehand if they became a problem to store in your freezer, but depending on timeframe, will dictate if I'm able to come pick them up from you if you need the freezer space back. If freezer space becomes a problem before I can commit to meeting you to pick them up, I'll understand if you're not able to keep them. Furthermore, it may not be until December timeframe before I'm able to drive out to Waynesboro to drop the acorns off to the Wildlife Center; just didn't want to catch anyone off guard if you had hoped to travel out there too. Hopefully I'll be back home from surgery by the 1st of October and will respond to any questions you may have once I am back home. Thanks ever so much for understanding.
This isn't as much an event as it is a request for help. The Wildlife Center of VA will be housing 7 bear cubs through the winter this year and they eat a lot of nuts. So they're asking for some help in the way of collecting nuts that can be cleaned and delivered. If you can help, they and I will greatly appreciate.
So here's the deal. I'm only looking for acorn nuts as they will be the easiest to keep without spoiling before getting them out to the Wildlife Center in Waynesboro.
• In order to do this, go around your yard once the acorns start dropping and collect them.
• Once collected, you need to separate leaves, twigs and other debris from them. Also remove their caps if still attached.
• Upon completion of that, you need to fill a container with water and then put the acorns in the water.
• Wait 5 minutes and if an acorn floats, it's gone bad and you can dispose of it.
• All others are good acorns and you then need to empty the water.
• Lay the acorns out on a flat surface and dry them off; use a towel or paper towels to accomplish this and/or allow them to air dry in the sun. If you opt to allow them to air dry, it's best to put a towel or paper towels down 1st so that it keeps the water from collecting on the bottom of the acorn.
• Once dry, put all the nuts in sealable plastic baggies and put them in your freezer until I can meet you to collect them.
A note to keep in mind, once an acorn falls, there's only a couple days up to a week or so before they start to rot. So you've got to be observant of when your acorns start to fall off your trees and start collecting them.
I'll share my cell number with all who sign-on to doing this and you can either call/text me to setup a time and date where I can pick them up or I can setup another event for where we all go out to the Wildlife Center of VA to deliver what we have.
Thanks ever so much for caring.