The Nuttery : Volume 4 Number 7 AGM 1985

In this Issue...

AGM Announcement

The Executive is pleased to announce the Chapter's 1985 Annual General Meeting to be held indoors on Saturday, 22 March, 1986 at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority's Interpretive Center, Baxter Conservation Area near Kemptville, on the Rideau River. From 10:00 AM to about 4:00 PM.

Registration 10:00 AM; Business 10:30 to 11:30; Lunch, Seed and Stock Exchange, Demos 11:30 to 1:30 PM; Presentations 1:30 to about 4:00 PM. Plan to attend and bring Family and Friends! Bring lunch - refreshments and small salad available for a small fee. For more information, call any of the Chapter Executive.

Upcoming Business

The highlight of the next issue will be an update on the bibliography and more excerpts from the Winter Meeting's technical discussion.

Report of the Winter Meeting

In this year's winter meeting, Polly Forrestall, Convenor of the Nut Use SIG which organised the meeting, tried an experiment. The meeting was an open seminar on any topic in nut bearing trees. The audience both asked and answered its own questions. The entire proceedings were taped and transcribed. The Nuttery Editor, Agnes MacIntosh, reviewed and highlighted the tape. Several people turned in their hand-written notes. The evening attempted to capture much of the wisdom of individual members. This knowledge will be examined and clarified, then published appropriately in the Nuttery and possibly also in booklet form in the future if there is interest and people to do the job.

Walnut Hush Puppies

1½ lb corn muffin mix
2 oz yellow corn meal
1 tsp cayenne
1 cup water
2 oz warm bacon fat
8 oz small Black Walnut bits
vegetable oil as needed
powdered sugar as needed.

Combine the muffin mix, corn meal and cayenne. Mix in water to blend. Mix in bacon fat, then walnuts. For each serving, drop three level Tbsp batter into hot oil (375°F); deep fry until brown and cooked through, 4-5 minutes. Drain and serve hot, dusted with powdered sugar. Accompany with maple syrup, ham and eggs (for the puppy's owner). Use a corn muffin mix specifying water as the only additional ingredient.

A Proposal for Our Decennial

At the last executive meeting our Sec/Treas Paul Bender reminded the executive that the decennial of our chapter will arrive in two short years, namely 1988. It does not seem that ten years have passed since our inception but our records say it is so! Paul pointed out that such an occasion demands an exemplary event! He suggested that we sponsor a scientific and technical conference on nut bearing trees, with speakers and papers invited internationally. We would co- sponsor the conference with an academic institution such as Carleton University. The idea captured the imagination of the executive, and two years is a reasonable time for planning such an event. The next executive, to be elected shortly at the forthcoming AGM, should appoint an Arrangements Committee as soon as possible! Now we need a name for the conference.

The Potter Walnut Cracker Company

Finally! A nutcracker that easily cracks black walnuts - and butternuts as well! We recently acquired a nut cracker from a company called The Potter Walnut Cracker Company. This ingenious device will be demonstrated at our forthcoming AGM. Don't miss trying it for yourself! We will have order forms available at the meeting. The company address is c/o Don Bateman, P.O.Box 930, Sapulpa OK 74067 (918)224-0567.

SONG on the Radio

The other day the chair Hank Jones, and Polly Forrestall, visited Paul Meldrome who does the CBC noon Farm Show on the radio. Polly had arranged an interview for us to talk about nut bearing trees in this area. Amongst other topics, Paul asked us about prospects for marketing these products re farming. He expects the interview to be aired about the last week in March. Thanks for this opportunity to address the larger Ottawa Valley audience goes to Polly, and her well-known media advisor Rick Jones of Skit Row fame, whose idea it was! Keep the ideas coming!

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