HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Northern Nut Growers Association has planned a virtual annual meeting for August 1 to August 4. Keynote speaker, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, will highlight the benefits and role trees play in protecting our environment and adding nuts in our diets. Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is co-hosting and will provide the virtual platform.
“The Northern Nut Growers Association has been promoting the growing and research on temperate zone nut trees since 1910,” said Greg Miller, current NNGA President and second-generation chestnut orchardist from Ohio. “Traditionally our annual meetings have been held each summer at different sites throughout the continental US; however, out of concern for the health of our members, we decided to try hosting a virtual meeting after having to cancel last year’s meeting.”
Nuts are nutritious and delicious, and nut trees play a role in protecting the environment. “From August 1 through August 3, we will hear the pre-recorded presentations of Dr. Beresford-Kroeger and two dozen other speakers divided into six sessions: Trees and Earth Ecology; Chestnuts; Hazelnuts; Invasive Species and Other Threats; Other Favorite Nuts (butternuts, almonds, pecans, black walnut, English walnut); and the Business of Orchards,” said Jerry Henkin, NNGA Librarian and Historian from Yonkers, New York. “The presenters will be available after each session to answer questions and hear comments that participants pose. The contact information for each presenter will be displayed, so participants whose questions cannot be considered due to time constraints can contact the presenter directly.”
Gordon Wilkinson, NNGA board member and nut tree hobbyist from Ottawa, Ontario, connected the NNGA with our keynote speaker, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist, medical biochemist and author. Gordon said, She is well known for her international work towards preserving the earth’s climate and forests, bringing a better understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public. Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, and A Garden for Life. Due out in paperback this fall is her latest book, To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest.”
Sandy Anagnostakis, NNGA Secretary and Chestnut Breeder at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, asked that the NNGA continue with its past tradition and schedule breakout room sessions for chestnut, hazelnuts, walnuts (all species, including heartnuts and butternuts), and pecans on the morning of August 4. Each room will have experienced growers, university and research station scientists, and hobbyists. She said “Although virtual, this will be a remarkable opportunity to meet and interact with other nut tree enthusiasts.”
“We are fortunate to have the help of Pasa in setting up this conference,” says Debbie Milks, NNGA Treasurer and Kansas chestnut grower. “As an organization seeking to cultivate farms and food systems that nourish, heal, and empower, we’re thrilled to be working with NNGA to host this incredibly valuable event,” said Pasa Communications Strategist Melissa Cipollone. “As farms of all kinds seek to diversify and better protect natural resources, interest in agroforestry and nut trees continues to grow.”
To join the NNGA at their 2021 Virtual Conference, August 1 to August 4” said Gina Zimbardi, NNGA Communications Manager and The Nutshell Editor, “You must register on our website at https://nutgrowing.org/annual-conference/. At the NNGA website you can view the agenda with the time schedule, speakers’ names, and short titles as well as short abstracts submitted by each presenter.” Gina also says “Plans are to archive Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s keynote presentation on the website shortly after the meeting with all other presentations archived in the NNGA members-only section. NNGA membership applications are available at https://nutgrowing.org/shop/.”
For inquiries, contact Gina Zimbardi at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on the web at nutgrowing.org.
— Jerry Van Sambeek
NNGA Board Member
Colorado Pecan and Walnut Grower
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