SONG News Spring 1998 no. 52
In this Issue...

CANGO Meeting at Komoka a Big Hit

The annual meeting of CANGO was held at the OMAFRA Office in Komoka Ont. on February 5th 1998.

The meeting opened with Doug Campbell giving his opening remarks and presenting the first speaker Ann VerHalen, who gave a very informative talk on soil testing and nutrients. Even though suffering a cold she could have kept everyone interested for an hour longer than she did. Ann is an employee of OMAFRA at Komoka. Mr. John Gardner also an employee of OMAFRA at Komoka gave an informative talk on Calcium and Manganese levels in Chestnut Trees.

Lunch (Meat and vegetarian lasagna along with breads and Caesar salad) was provided to the approximately 35 people who were in attendance at this meeting, several of whom were SONG members. CANGO thanks them for their participation.

After lunch the Business portion of the meeting was held. The question of SONG and CANGO joining memberships was presented to the CANGO membership for their consideration and a motion was put forth to have Bruce Thurston and Douglas Campbell proceed with the negotiations and amalgamation with SONG. This motion was carried by the membership. Another motion was put forth to leave the existing executive in place until the proposed amalgamation has taken place.

After the business portion Mr. Al McKeown from the Simcoe Research station gave a report on the test plantings of Heartnut and Chestnut at Simcoe. With all doing quite well. They will need help in 1998 to prune and pick nuts, this labour can be used as work in kind towards our financial commitment for this important research project, (SONG members are encouraged to visit this test planting if they are ever in Sirncoe.) We thank Al for his ongoing efforts on this project.

Mr. Ernie Grimo gave us a slide presentation on cracking of nuts from hand to machine.

Mr. Dolf Wynia gave us an overview of what we can expect from the present government and it looks quite grim as no long term projects or outlooks can be expected from the Conservatives. Dolf also suggested we should be looking at clonal propagation of named varieties.

Mr. Martin Hodgson spoke on minor use registrations of pesticides and herbicides. Martin also talked about the BC Hazelnut industry describing with the aid of some good slides their methods of harvest, cleaning and cracking. Martin also gave a brief overview of what is available on the Internet for nut related sites and there are far to many to even begin to list.

The meeting was a great success with many questions being asked and answered by our very knowledgeable guest speakers.

The next time this meeting is held please do not be intimidated by the fact it is a growers meeting. You are all growers. Most every thing we talk about you can apply to your backyard grove.

I would like to thank all those who participated in the organization of this meeting.

Walnut Shells

What do you do with walnut shells after you take out the walnuts. Toyo Tires came up with a good use. Because walnut shells are harder than ice they have embedded finely ground walnut shells in their new "microbit" ultra high polymer rubber compound. They are supposed to grip the ice better and wear longer. Sounds like a good idea. They also use ground black walnut shells for sandblasting instead of sand.

I understand that Ernie Grimo provides Heart Nut half shells by the bushel to local schools for craft activities. Does anyone else have any good ideas to use this abundant waste product. ed.

Hazelnut Butters

General Directions: Place roasted hazelnuts in a food processor with the all purpose blade. Process to course butter texture, about 3 minutes, gradually add sugar, salt or other ingredients through the feed tube. Scrape down sides and continue to process until desired texture is achieved. For Crunchy Butter, stir in 1/4 cup of roasted and chopped hazelnuts or raw sunflower seeds to finished butter.

Natural Butter:
2 cups (9 oz) roasted hazelnuts
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp powdered sugar
Follow general directions, natural butter will be dark.

Chocolate Butter:
2 cups roasted hazelnuts
1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
3-1/2 Tbsp Frys cocoa
Follow general directions.

Cinnamon & Spice Butter
2 cups roasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Follow general directions.

Gourmet Butter:
1/2 cup butter or margarine.
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped hazels
1/2 tsp salt
dash celery salt
dash cayenne pepper
Soften butter until workable. Add other ingredients and thoroughly blend together. Let cool to room temp, and use as a topping on fish, chicken or warm vegetables. Amount will top 6 salmon steaks generously.

Note: These butter recipes are for "old fashioned" butters with no stabilizers: if they are kept refrigerated, very little oil separation will occur. Shelf life is about 3 months in the refrigerator.

Canada Blooms - Nuts

Probably not many of you knew that SONG had a booth at Canada Blooms. That you could have volunteered to attend what is one of the best indoor garden shows like Chicago or Chelsea, Here you could promote the virtues of nuts and nut tree growing, while enjoying the atmosphere of spring in the air. Everyone was excited and dreaming of getting that shovel or hoe in the ground and strolling through the flowers in bloom. During the show Ernie Grimo was interviewed for CBC television and on Friday yours truly was interviewed for CBC radio Joan Malonson's show Here and Now. There was a lot of interest in nut trees and nuts with the most FAQ being "can you grow these in Ontario?", "can you eat these?", "where can I get some?" If you get a call to volunteer take it. It just might be a lot of fun. ed.

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