Morrisville State College Hosts fall Nut Growers Association Meeting

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Morrisville State College is hosting the New York Nut Growers Association (NYNGA) fall meeting on Saturday, Oct. 23. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the John W. Stewart Activities Center (STUAC), and includes presentations, student posters, a chestnut roast, and tree planting. The cost to attend is $18 and includes breakfast, lunch and handout materials. Morrisville State College students may attend all presentations at no charge. For more information, or to register, call 914-423-7458, or e-mail Please send a check payable to “NYNGA” to Rick Monheim, NYNGA treasurer, 1023 County Road 6, Phelps, N.Y. 14532 – 9548. Attendees are strongly encouraged to register by Oct. 16. Registration will also be available the morning of the event. The NYNGA is for anyone interested in planting and caring for nut-bearing trees that grow in New York state. The tentative schedule for the NYNGA meeting is: 9 – 9:30 a.m. Student Activities Center, registration, breakfast, participant introduction 9:30 – 10 a.m. NYS Agricultural Mediation Program presentation by Charlotte Carter, statewide program director 10 – 10:45 a.m. Starting a nut tree farm presentation by Peter Haarmann, NYNGA Board of Directors 11 – 11:40 a.m. Nut composition and nutrition: the role of nuts in the human diet for pleasure, health maintenance, and disease prevention by Margaret Argentine, professor and director, baccalaureate program, division of nursing and Joan Nicholson, assistant professor, dietetics program director 11:40 – 11:55 a.m. Hazelnut and heartnut planting led by Robert Nowack, NYNGA member 12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch at Seneca Dining Hall. Presentation on nut-based recipes by Rebecca Dowsland, executive chef NYNGA Business Meeting led by John Wertis, NYNGA president 1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Stratifying nuts for spring planting presentation by Jerry Henkin, NYNGA vice president 1:30 – 2 p.m. Drainage: the most overlooked aspect of nut tree farming presentation by Richard Fahey, director, Catholic Homesteading Movement 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Nut trees and forestry presentation by Bob Barton, NYNGA secretary, member of New York Forest Owners Association 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Outdoor activities: chestnut roast, stratifying seeds for spring planting; planting nut trees and sowing a cover crop for next year's planting.