SONG News Fall 1983 no. 23
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SONG Annual Meeting 1983

More than 30 people gathered at the Royal Gardens Auditorium, Burlington, to take part in the 1983 Annual Meeting of SONG. The Business meeting produced the following results:
Glenn Sandham - President
Robert Hambleton - Secretary
Doug Campbell - Editor
Alex Mosseler - Vice President
Marion Grimo - Treasurer
John Smith C.P.A. - Auditor
Alec Jones is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors arising from his position with the Ottawa Chapter of SONG.
The President is to appoint one Director at large to complete the constitutional requirements for the 1983-84 operating year.

Nominating Committee
Roy Metcalfe, past president of SONG is the chairman of this committee by constitution. The following were elected to serve as members of the nominating committee: Max Curzon, Murray Alway.

The proposed spring meeting at the University of Guelph Arboretum has been postponed owing to the tornado which had a considerable impact on the previous plantings at the Arboretum. The establishment of a new nut orchard at the Guelph Arboretum will be rescheduled when they have completed the necessary reorganization chores.

Mr. J. B. Harvey of 33 Alphonse Crescent, Mississauga ON L5M 1A4 has donated $2,000.00 to SONG to assist in the publication of the SONG Handbook as authored in multiple-chapter form by John Gordon. This donation will allow SONG to provide the "seed money" to publish this worthy collection of nut grower information in a booklet form for sale to SONG members as well as the numerous commercial outlets throughout Ontario. When the collection is published, it should provide a major boost for nut growing in Ontario. Many thanks go to Mr. J. B. Harvey for this most thoughtful gift to SONG.

The Annual Meeting concluded with a discussion of the merits of seedling versus grafted nut trees and ... I am informed ... it was a most lively discussion.

Editorial Notes on Heartnuts

The major article in this edition on heartnut sorts by former president, John Gordon, inspires your Editor to come forth with a few editorial notes.

A very short 12 years ago your Editor was as familiar with heartnuts as he was with mining metallic nuggets from the depths of the ocean bottoms. However, I received a letter from Bill Gellatly saying in effect that I should try heartnuts because in Bill's experience ... "they're the greatest!" Well, with that sort of recommendation, I did plant some heartnuts a couple of years later. Now, 9 years after the planting, I've got heartnut trees which are about 25 feet high and yielding more and more nuts every year. And furthermore, I've become addicted to that mild walnutty flavour ... much better in my opinion than either black or Persian walnuts. Also they've been great producers. In their eighth year from planting, I reckon that they could produce up to 2000 pounds of dried nuts in the shell per acre. Since heartnuts have been selling for $2.00 per pound in the shell, that's not chicken feed!

Your editor has been so impressed with heartnuts that he's planning on setting out several acres of the trees next spring. Then I look forward to supplying those gourmet food stores with something that they have never even seen before let alone tasted.

They'll be able to put down those lovely, light and bright heartnut kernels beside those other things that they sell anywhere from $6.00 to $10.00 per pound'. (That's right, per pound as checked at the Eatons Centre, Toronto, recently'.)

However, the thing that really turns me on is to see the generous bunches of heartnuts as they hang pre-harvest in those long banana-like chains. I've seen as many as 18 mature heartnuts in one bunch. If anyone can show me a 19 or a 20 or even more in a bunch, it just might make my heart skip a beat or two.

Northern Nut Growers Met in Nebraska

More than 260 nut growers, mostly from the United States and Canada, met at Lincoln, Nebraska, August 7-11, 1983. One of the outstanding features of this meeting was the newly established orchard of selected northern pecans. The grafts for this planting were chosen from the very earliest ripening and hardiest sources along the northerly range of adaptation of the pecan, namely the more northerly reaches of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers ... as far north as Green Island, Iowa. These finds should make it possible to grow well-filled and matured pecans throughout the northern tier of States in the USA and also the most southerly parts of Canada. This planting is one of the most progressive efforts which has been attempted in nut growing for some time and several organizations are contributing money and help to make the venture a success.

Also this NNGA meeting featured a number of practical, hands-on workshops in grafting, nut orchard management, weed control etc. and these were found very helpful by large numbers in attendance. In fact these Annual Meetings are so practical and useful that all SONG members should consider attending next year's NNGA meeting. It makes a whale of a good family vacation and the price is right too.

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