Double A Willow is the exclusive licensee of patented and proprietary shrub willow varieties developed by Larry Smart and colleagues and owned by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York. Dennis Rak (B.S. 1980, Cornell University) together with his wife, Sue Rak, expanded their well-established grapevine nursery business (Double A Vineyards) based in Fredonia, NY in 2005 to now include over 100 acres of willow nursery beds capable of producing over 30,000,000 cuttings per year (enough to plant 5,000 acres annually). Double A Willow owns and operates a four-row Egedal willow planter capable of planting 15-20 acres per day from willow whips. Dennis Rak is an active participant in applied willow research projects in cooperation with Cornell, SUNY-ESF, and Michigan State University. He is also an active collaborator with many grapevine research and breeding programs across the country.
For more information, visit the Double A Willow website.