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.
Passport
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.
Conference Registration
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, info@cassenoisettepepiniere.com, (819) 386 – 4834, French speaking;
Linda Grimo, Lgrimo@live.ca, (905) 934-6887, English speaking in Canada;
or Jerry Henkin, sproutnut@aol.com, (914) 282 – 1371, English speaking in the United States and other countries.
Lodging
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 icomserve@aol.com, Linda Grimo at Lgrimo@live.ca, or Marc-Olivier Harvey at info@cassenoisettepepiniere.com, 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.

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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 $1.15).
Exhibitors
If you would like to sell plants or agricultural equipment at the conference, or promote an agricultural organization to our participants, you can rent a space at Le Baluchon.  The tables will be set up from Sunday, August 5 through Tuesday, August 7 in the back of the auditorium where the presentation are being given. The room will be secure after the events.  Rates are 40$ 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, g.neri@xittel.ca, ((514) 978 – 0292; in the US or other countries, Jerry Henkin, sproutnut@aol.com, (914) 282 – 1371.
Scientific/Technical Program 

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.

Click HERE to see the latest list of presenters.
Show & Tell, Sunday, August 5
On Sunday evening, from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M., we will have less formal talks on all aspects of nut growing and the personal experiences of the participants.  Here is a sample of the talks that have been scheduled so far: a visit to see the Coast Redwoods and Bristlecone Pines on the U.S. Pacific coast; the incidence of Eastern Filbert Blight at the Harrow RDC in Ontario; the nut tree nursery business; and observations of black walnut anthracnose.  Please come prepared to share what you are doing.  It’s the best way to make new friends at the conference.
Auction, Monday, August 6
On Monday evening from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. the annual auction to raise money for the NNGA Research Fund will take place.  Have fun listening to the bidding wars for plants, nuts, homemade pottery, gift items, nut crackers – and some surprises.  Giulio Neri, President of the Club des Producteurs de Noix Comestible du Quebec, will be the exciting bilingual auctioneer.  We’ll be bidding in Canadian Dollars; payment in U.S. credit cards will be accepted and converted.  Please bring items that you would like to donate for auction.  If you cannot attend this conference, you can still donate them by shipping them so that they arrive by July 25 to Le Baluchon (the address is on the top of this page), attention to M. Caroline Lemire.
NOTE:   Plant material may not be brought into or out of Canada.
CAP (Companions Activity Program) Monday, August 6
For those not attending the scientific and technical lectures, the CAP tour will visit the historic city of Trois Rivieres, about 45 minutes by bus from Le Baluchon.  We would leave at 9:00 A.M. and return at 4:00 P.M.  As the name of the city indicates, this city is at the juncture of three rivers, and it contains numerous historical buildings, which we will see in a guided tour.  We will also explore the Borealis, a former industrial site where lumber arrived from all over from Quebec to be converted into pulp and paper.  We will have a chance to make our own paper.  Lunch will be along the beautiful harbor, and there will be time to stroll through the many boutiques, shops, and restaurants.  A box lunch will be provided for those staying at Le Baluchon, and others may order on the registration form or purchase food from the many restaurants nearby.  The cost of the tour is 29$ CAD for adults, and 12$ for children under 12.   Please indicate on the registration form how many in your party will be going, and if you want to order a box lunch.
Banquet, Tuesday, August 7 
On Tuesday evening, from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., the NNGA and CPNCQ will hold a special meal with entertainment.  There is no extra cost for guests at Le Baluchon.  For others, the price is 63.50$ CAD per adult, and $19.50 per child.
Field Trip, Wednesday, August 8
The Quebec team has planned an interesting full day tour of several nut growing locations throughout Quebec:  a commercial nut orchard, the varied plantings of a nut tree hobbyist, and the Abbaye Val Notre-Dame to see their edible landscaping, medicinal plant garden, and confectionary.  The cost for riding the bus is 40$ CAD per person and 30$ CAD per person for those following in their cars.
 A box lunch is provided at no cost to guests of Le Baluchon.  For others, the cost is 29.25$ CAD.  En route back to Le Baluchon, the bus will stop off at the Montreal International Airport at 17:30 (5:30 P.M.) – please indicate on the registration form if you would like to order lunch and/or get off the bus at the airport.
Travel Directions
Check that your GPS will work in Quebec.  If you are flying into Montreal or Quebec City, and renting a car, or if you need bus schedules, write to Jerry Henkin (sproutnut@aol.com) for directions to Le Baluchon.
Weather
In St. Paulin in August, the average high is 21 C/ 70 F during the day, and the average low is 12 C/53 F at night.  Early mornings and evenings can be quite cool.
Conference Schedule
Click HERE for a printable Conference Schedule.