The Ned Jaquith Foundation

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It is our pleasure to share with all the establishment
of the Ned Jaquith Foundation.

This non-profit foundation commemorates the legacy of Ned Jaquith, a consummate horticulturist and nurseryman who specialized in bamboo, and was particularly interested in bamboo research, propagation and art. He also was a guy who loved life, cherished his friends, and knew how to laugh. For many bambuseros, he was a respected mentor.

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and support bamboo research projects increasing the collective knowledge of bamboo. The Foundation will support the goals of the American Bamboo Society (ABS) but will be a separate working body, administered by an advisory committee. Grant funding will be provided to students and researchers who wish to work within the field of bamboo focused on such issues as botanical identification, wild and domestic collection, genetic preservation, propagation techniques, bamboo art and bamboo-related environmental concerns (i.e. habitat restoration, etc).

Thanks to kind permission granted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ABS, the Foundation has obtained non-profit status, allowing individuals, commercial businesses and other societies & organizations to give donations as tax-deductible contributions.

The NJF Advisory Committee currently consists of its founders: Nancy Oberschmidt, Ned’s wife; Noah Bell, Manager of Bamboo Garden Nursery; Charissa Brock, Artist; Galyn Carlile, Educator; James Clever, President American Bamboo Society; Mike Remmick, Botanist; and Susanne Lucas, World Bamboo Organization. One board member of the ABS will always be included on the Advisory Committee.


The Ned Jaquith Foundation is working hard to support bamboo research!

In October 2015, the NJF awarded three grants.

$2,000 has been awarded to Prof. Nirmala Chongtham, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India for the publication of a book titled Bamboo Shoots as Health Food. The book will be a compilation of fifteen years research during which survey work and scientific experiments have been conducted. At present there is no book dealing with the food value and health benefits of bamboo shoots; this book will be a new contribution.It will also provide information on how the usage of bamboo shoots can help in the economic development of the society and food security, especially in rural areas.

$2,500 has been awarded to the Hoyt Arboretum Friends, Portland, Oregon to support the completion of the Hoyt Arboretum Bamboo Forest Collection. This is the second year we have awarded this grant. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, Bamboo Garden Nursery and many volunteers have worked on this project for over a year. Off of Fischer Lane, the .36 acre site currently features over 85 plants (26 species) from around the world and will be the largest global bamboo collection in the Northwest. The Bamboo Forest will allow HAF to offer classes in bamboo identification, maintenance, Asian art, and create much needed song-bird habitat. The Bamboo Forest will open in the summer of 2016 and will be both aesthetically pleasing and educational with a stream, pond, water feature, trail, interpretive signage, research opportunities and guided tours.

$3,000 has been awarded to Hector F Archila-Santos, PhD Researcher at University of Bath for Bridging the gap between traditional and vernacular bamboo building techniques and state-of-the-art processing technologies and engineering knowledge. The project will be completed in 10 months starting in December 2015. A worldwide network of collaborators will work on the project generating new bamboo building solutions to improve its durability, dimensional stability and mechanical properties. These are key factors for the production of engineered structural bamboo projects that comply with local building codes and potentially can be included in international standards

In 2014,  the Foundation awarded two grants.  The first award was in the amount of $2,500, given to the “Hoyt Arboretum Bamboo Forest Collection” submitted by Hoyt Arboretum Friends, Portland Oregon,  and the second award of $950 to “Increasing Bamboo Agroforestry on the Galera Peninsula, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador” submitted by Rick Valley.


A GREAT TRIBUTE!  A NEWLY-DISCOVERED BAMBOO NOW BEARS THE NAME OF NED JAQUITH

Chusquea nedjaquithii (Poaceae: Bambusoideae, Bambuseae, Chusqueinae), a new
endemic species from Oaxaca, Mexico -Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez, Teresa Mejía-Saulés, Lynn G. Clark

Chusquea is the most diverse among woody bamboo genera, with 174 described species. Not surprisingly, Chusquea is the most diverse bamboo genus in Mexico, and with the description of C. nedjaquithii the number of species will increase to 20, representing almost 45% of the total Mexican woody bamboo diversity. Based on fieldwork in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and revision of herbarium specimens we describe and illustrate C. nedjaquithii, a species endemic to the Sierra Madre del
Sur in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

READ ABOUT IT HERE  IN PHYTOTAXA.


There is also a Facebook page dedicated to Ned’s life and a recent article from Digger Magazine on Ned.

If you’d like to discuss any aspects of the Foundation, please contact us and we would be happy to talk with you about it.

Ned Jaquith Foundation
c/o Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Road
North Plains, OR 97133-8302

Phone is 503-647-2700