The Nuttery : Volume 4 Number 2 June 1985

In this Issue...

The 1985 Spring Picnic

The Membership SIG is pleased to announce that the picnic will be held on the grounds of the Billings Estate at 2100 Cabot St. in Ottawa, Sunday the 16th of June, starting at 11:00 AM. The Estate will provide a $4 apiece Tea Service to advanced bookers. If you wish this service, please call Kathleen Jones 828-6459 by Wednesday 12 June.

We will tour the ravine adjacent to the estate, said to have many large black walnut trees!

Report on the Nut Seed Distribution

A very successful distribution of the stratified black walnut seed was held on April 27 at the Nut Grove at the Baxter Conservation Area near Kemptville. Approximately 5000 black walnuts were distributed to 56 individuals. Only 300 nuts were left over (not counting the ones overlooked in the sawdust!) and these were planted in the nursery bed at the nut grove.

Please keep good records of the germination rate, rate of growth and site location for your seed received, because a questionnaire will be sent out this fall or early next year requesting this information.

If the squirrels and chipmunks are not too much of hazard, we will hopefully enjoy a good success rate with this seed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank George Christie and George Truscott for the tremendous amount of work and phone calls they made to make this event the success it was!.

Gordon MacArthur, Chair, Stratification Project

On behalf of the Chapter and myself, I thank you, Gordon, George C. and George T. for cracker- jack job! And if you nut growers have news already, get in touch with the Horticulture SIG.

Hank Jones, Chapter Chair.

Notes from the Chair's Desk

Our membership has grown rapidly in the past few months, and I expect some of our newest members may not be aware of the many projects the Chapter is carrying out. All projects are open to any interested member. Take the following as your shopping list of exciting things you could do to further nut trees in this part of the world, and your own skills in growing them!

Most projects, and the chapter field days, are organized and carried out within our Special Interest Groups, called SIGs for short. There are six groups. Each has a convenor, a SIG member who coordinates the projects in their group, who helps project leaders get resources from the Chapter, and who keeps the Chapter Vice-Chair apprised of developments in the group. The Vice-Chair coordinates project activities across the SIGs, informs the executive on needs, and soon will be reporting on the Chapter's projects to the membership in each issue of the Nuttery, starting next issue. I expect this cooperation of SIGs, convenors and the Vice-Chair will help the Chapter better handle its many ongoing projects, and ensure full membership awareness and access to all projects.

The Nut Use SIG pursues projects on nuts as food, and nut tree products. There are 5 members, but no convenor at present: call me for more information. The Communications Committee (6 members) publishes the Nuttery and our other literature. The Nuttery Editor, A. MacIntosh, is its convenor. The Silviculture SIG (21 members), Irmi Underwood (839-5563) convenor, has projects on tree growing (the Baxter Nut Grove is their major project right now). The Horticulture SIG (20 members, Alec Jones (828-6459) convenor, has projects on seed propagation (they manage the chapter's seed and stock exchanges, and its ad hoc test nurseries around the Valley). The Survey SIG (10 members) which needs a new convenor, seeks and track down sources of wild or feral seed for stock development (its major project is Inventree, our file of these seed sources). The Membership SIG (5 members), also needing a new convenor, manages chapter membership Their major project at present is to apprise long lapsed members of the chapter's rapid growth and diversification and to solicit their resubscription.

For more information on SIGs or projects, call the convenors, or the Vice-Chair, Jim Bartley (459-3597) or me. A handout, with SIGs members and phone numbers, is available to chapter members from me. See you at the Spring Picnic.

Hank Jones, Chair (731-5237)

Notes from the Farm Gate

In 1973, 9300 bushels of corn would buy a large combine. In 1983, it needed 25000 bushels. Approximately three times as much! But also three times as much land at the same rates of productivity. But we are using this prime agricultural land for commercial, industrial and urban development. Enough said!

Just after the great depression, an eminent US mathematician and economist found that, when farm income equalled 1/7th of national income, the nation prospered. When the ratio fell below that, the nation fell into recession. Sound familiar? [In 1998, US farm income was 1/50th the Gross Domestic Product, according to the USDA]

Paul Bender, Secretary/Treasurer 224-1102

An Appeal from the Editor

Your Nuttery can use your talents and wants to spread your special knowledge - we know there is lots out there! We need articles for future issues - technical, entertaining, edibles, and so on.

If you do not see your article in the very next issue, do not panic! The editor has it in a neat folder, waiting for the right space or time to publish it. As a new policy, we will byline all articles, and if you wish, we will add your phone number so your new found fans can call you to discuss your work.

For the technical papers - pruning, planting, stratifying, care of trees, choosing sites, identifying trees, winter protection from rodents, food processing, any pet idea or sage advice. Call the Editor right now and tell her what you would like to write about!

We are looking for more recipes; anything edible that uses nuts. Maybe some day we can compile a book and make some money for future projects.

Speaking of money, does anyone know the advertising business? We want to sell advertising space in the Nuttery, and need someone who can take us by the hand, and show us how. The extra money would be used to enhance the Nuttery's content, format and distribution. We know we have a good newsletter already, but we want more technical information, in more depth, which means bigger (better) and more expensive issues. You Advert Executives out there, call the Editor right away!

A. MacIntosh, Editor, 722-5338

Chewy Nut Coconut Bars

1 pkg shortbread mix
4     eggs, beaten
2 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut

Press the shortbread mix crumbles into a 13x9x2" cake pan. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients; beat well. Pour over baked crust. Bake at 350°F for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool and cut into bars. Makes about 4 dozen bars. Bon appetit!

The Chief Johnson Nut Orchard

Those fortunate enough to hear Clarence Coons at our AGM on the 17th of March 1985 were fascinated by his description of the Nut Orchard of Chief Johnson of the Mohawk, on the Grand River. There were well over a thousand trees, on about 13 acres, mostly black walnut, but with butternut and hickory also represented. In 1877, nuts were being sold from the orchard at the giveaway price of $2.00 per wagon load! The Chief's farmhouse is now a museum, but there are still nut trees in the garden.

Two articles on this orchard appeared in the 1877 report of the Ontario Fruit Growers Association, a copy of which we now have, thanks to Clarence.

Clarence Coons, by the way, has an interesting new job - seconded from the Forestry Branch of MNR to the Plant Industry Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture & Food, as Agro-Forestry Coordinator. We expect to find many interests in common with him in his work in the future.

Alec Jones, Horticulture SIG Convenor, 828-6459.

Interesting Publications

Several interesting publications on nut tree growing are available from the Information Office, Great Lakes Forest Research Center, Canadian Forestry Service, P.O.Box 490, Sault Ste Marie, Ont. P6A 5M7. I note the following:

Bob Scally, 592-1745

More Work at the Baxter Nut Grove

George Joiner and his crew are working wonders at the Baxter Nut Grove, in preparation for the SONG AGM. The Nut Grove is being spruced up not only to make it a better museum of trees, but to make it a show place for the Members of the main SONG group. They will be coming to the Baxter Conservation Area on the 27th of July for their AGM. Our chapter is hosting this meeting, and the Nut Grove will be our show piece. There is not another Nut Grove like it in this province.

George says there is still lots that can be done, and anyone interested in lending a hand - and learning about nut tree care first-hand from the pros - should call George at 749-2468. If you can't get George, try Alec Jones at 828-6459, or Fil Park at 749-1156.

Memorial Nut Tree for Maurice Marshall

On May 16th this year, a red oak tree was planted on the grounds of Government House to commemorate Maurice Marshall's presidency of the Ontario Horticultural Association. It is located in a grove of trees to the right of the fountains in the front of Rideau Hall along with a number of other labelled trees also planted to honour personages throughout the world. A more fitting symbol as a tribute to Mr. Marshall's tenancy in the horticultural office would be impossible to find!

Louise Watt, councillor, 733-5173.

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