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About ECSONG

The Society of Ontario Nut Growers (SONG) was formed in 1972, and its province-wide membership is approximately 300. Its purpose is:

  • To promote interest in nut-bearing plants, their products and their culture.
  • To promote scientific research in the breeding and culture of nut bearing plants suited to Ontario conditions.
  • To encourage planting of improved varieties in gardens and orchards, on farms and public lands.
  • To disseminate information on propagation techniques and cultural practices,
  • To provide opportunities for closer association among nut growers.

In 1978, Filmore R. Park and Alec C. Jones co-founded the Ottawa Area Chapter of SONG to advance the purpose in Eastern Ontario, which has different growing conditions from the other regions in Ontario. In 1991, the Chapter name was changed to the Eastern Chapter of SONG (ECSONG) to reflect an expanded mandate to serve the larger Eastern Ontario region. Today ECSONG has about 100 members.

ECSONG encourages the establishment of demonstration and research nut groves in collaboration with land-owners. Today, it operates several public nut groves in order to conduct research, and to demonstrate hands-on all aspects of nut growing to the public, government, industry and academia.

ECSONG provides advice, assistance and consultation on nut growing to members and others several ways:

  • Outdoor, hands-on Spring and Fall field days are held at each of the Nut Groves from time to time.
  • An indoor Winter Meeting is held on the third Saturday of January in the Conference Room, The Ottawa Citizen Building, 1100 Baxter Road, Ottawa;
  • Through our display booth at various trade shows and exhibitions in the region from time to time;
  • Through maintaining a technical library of documents and a photo library of slides, prints and videos;
  • Publishing reference works, to date a nut cookbook and a nut growers manual for eastern Ontario, on the growing, and the uses of the fruits and other parts, of nut bearing trees and shrubs;
  • Mapping the location of locally growing nut bearing trees and shrubs to discover species and varieties that grow successfully in the region, and thereby to identify natural seed and stock sources; and
  • Through our web site http://www.songonline.ca/ecsong/
ECSONG Constitution

Officers of ECSONG Over the Years

year Chair Vice-Chair Secretary Treasurer
1978 Fil Park Alec Jones
1979 Fil Park Alec Jones
1980 Fil Park Alec Jones
1981 Fil Park Cliff Craig Alec Jones
1982 Alec Jones Irmi Underwood
1983 Alec Jones Bill Dickson Cynthia Ross Paul Bender 
1984 Hank Jones Bill Dickson Paul Bender
1985 Hank Jones Jim Bartley Paul Bender
1986 Hank Jones John Watt Paul Bender
1987 Bob Scally Paul Bender Alec Jones Art Read
1988 Bob Scally Mark Schaefer Irene Woolford Art Read
1989 Bob Scally Mark Schaefer Irene Woolford Art Read
1990 Hank Jones Mark Schaefer George Truscott Art Read
1991 Hank Jones Mark Schaefer George Truscott Art Read
1992 Hank Jones Ralph McKendry  George Truscott Art Read
1993 Hank Jones Ralph McKendry George Truscott Art Read
1994 Ralph McKendry  Len Collett George Truscott Art Read
1995 Ralph McKendry Len Collett George Truscott  Art Read
1996 Len Collett Ted Cormier George Truscott Art Read
1997 Len Collett Ted Cormier George Truscott Art Read
1998 Ted Cormier George Truscott Peter Carr Art Read
1999 Hank Jones George Truscott Peter Carr Art Read
2000 Hank Jones Peter Carr Vera Hrebacka Art Read
2001 Hank Jones Irene Broad Vera Hrebacka Art Read
2002 Sandy Graham John Adams Jim Ronson Art Read
2003 Sandy Graham John Adams Jim Ronson Art Read
2004 Ken Farr John Adams Jim Ronson Roman Popadiouk 
2005
2006 Hank Jones Vera Hrebacka
2007
2008 Chris Skaarup Neil Thomas
2009 Jeff Blackadar Neil Thomas Dan Mayo John Sankey
2010 Chris Skaarup Neil Thomas Dan Mayo John Sankey
2011 John Sankey Richard Viger Murray Spearman SONG
2012 John Sankey Richard Viger Murray Spearman SONG
2013 John Sankey Richard Viger Dan Mayo SONG
2014 John Sankey Richard Viger Dan Mayo SONG
2015 John Sankey Richard Viger SONG
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