2018 NNGA Conference
Northern Nut Growers Association Conference
August 5 – August 8, 2018
Le Baluchon Eco Resort in Saint-Paulin, Québec J0K 3G0, Canada
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This year the Northern Nut Growers Conference will take place at Le Baluchon Eco Resort, 3550 Chemin des Trembles, Saint-Paulin, Québec J0K 3G0, Canada. Among the presentations are the commercialization of hazelnuts, use of DNA information for nut tree improvement, black walnut for timber production, nut trees in permaculture landscapes, growing heartnuts and butternuts in cold climates, research in American chestnut, and health and nutrition benefits of nuts.
See pictures and details about this beautiful location at https://www.baluchon.com/fr/ in French, or at https://www.baluchon.com/en/ in English. The conference is open to the public. The presentations will be in English, and we will have simultaneous translation of the presentations available free of charge from English to French.
All of the prices listed in connection with this conference are in Canadian currency (CAD). If you using a U.S. credit card you will be charged the amount in your own currency. See the conference registration form for approximate equivalence in US currency.
A valid passport is required to enter Canada from the U.S. and to return to the U.S. The expiration date should be through March 2019 or later. If you do not have a passport or if your passport is expiring prior to March 2019, we suggest that you apply for one immediately. Once vacation season is upon us, obtaining a passport can take months.
Registration for participants at the conference is 80$ CAD (Canadian Dollars) for members of the NNGA, CPNCQ, SONG, or ESONG. For all others, the price is 90$ CAD. Guests of participants (significant others and children), who will not attend the lectures on Monday and Tuesday, do not have to pay a conference registration fee.
You may register for the conference online via credit card, debit card or PayPal account or you may make payment in check. REMEMBER TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS AFTER YOU REGISTER.
Click HERE to make payment with credit card or PayPal account.
To make payment by check, click HERE for a conference registration form.
Fill it out and send it with your check to Linda Grimo, NNGA Registrar, Grimo Nut Nursery, 979 Lakeshore Rd, R.R. 3, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada L0S 1J0.
MAKE YOUR CHECK OUT TO “SONG” (Do not include periods). Add “2018 NNGA Conference” to the memo area on your check. Mail to Canada from the US requires $1.15 in stamps. An international stamp can be purchased for $1.15.
For questions about registration, contact the following: Marc-Olivier Harvey, email@example.com, (819) 386 – 4834, French speaking;
Linda Grimo, Lgrimo@live.ca, (905) 934-6887, English speaking in Canada;
or Jerry Henkin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (914) 282 – 1371, English speaking in the United States and other countries.
The scientific and technical presentations, and all of the conference events, will take place at Le Baluchon Eco Resort located in a beautiful rural area about 1 ½ hours outside of Montreal. If you would like to carpool, or share a room, contact Jerry Henkin at email@example.com, Linda Grimo at Lgrimo@live.ca, or Marc-Olivier Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org, listed above.
To make reservations, fill in and sign the form, then send it by email, fax, or regular mail to Caroline Lemire, at Le Baluchon Eco Resort. Mail to Canada from the US requires $1.15 in stamps. Prices below are in Canadian dollars (CAD). Each American dollar equals approximately $1.25 (CAD).
The prices on the reservation form include lodging for one room, all meals, snacks, and gratuities. The standard sales and lodging taxes will be added.
Reservation form prices are listed in Canadian Currency. Each American dollar is approximately $1.25 – $1.29 in Canadian currency (CAD). The exchange rate results in a 20 – 25% discount on the listed price for those making payment in American dollars.
You can get help with reserving a room at Le Baluchon by calling Alexandra Desy, one of the bilingual staff members at Le Baluchon. She can help with the reservation form and answer any questions you might have. Her number is (800) 789 – 5968, EXT. 124. Leave a message if she is not available.
Click HERE for a hotel registration form that can be filled in and signed when downloaded and opened within Adobe Reader or you may choose to print the form, fill it out in with pen and send it by email, fax, or postal mail to Le Baluchon. (US postage to Canada is $1.15).
If you would like to sell plants or agricultural equipment at the conference, or promote an agricultural organization to our participants, you can rent a space at Le Baluchon. The tables will be set up from Sunday, August 5 through Tuesday, August 7 in the back of the auditorium where the presentation are being given. The room will be secure after the events. Rates are 40$ CAD for members of nut growing organizations, and $60 for non-members. To rent a space or to ask questions, contact the following: in Canada, Giulio Neri, email@example.com, ((514) 978 – 0292; in the US or other countries, Jerry Henkin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (914) 282 – 1371.
The technical and scientific presentations will take place on Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Experienced growers and scientists will give power-point talks for 25 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers. We will have an hour-and-a-half for lunch, and two breaks each day for snacks, which will give you time to meet the presenters and other nut growers. A sample of the presentation topics are as follows: edible landscape design through permaculture; hazelnut production and marketing strategies; hazelnut research in Prince Edward Island; hazelnuts in cold climates; heartnuts in eastern Ontario; the American Chestnut in Canada; a Chinese chestnut brokerage company in Iowa; growing pawpaw for colder climates; disease resistance for butternut; conservation protocols for nut trees; the nutritional and health benefits of nuts; black walnut anthracnose; a DNA Toolkit for Nut Tree Improvement; nut tree cultivation in Bhutan, and in the Republic of Georgia; and John W. Hershey’s nut tree planting in Pennsylvania. Our conference committee is still in the process of signing up other speakers, and we will publish the details of these presentations in the coming months.