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The OHA is proud to have hosted the following on-farm tours

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 Graham Dyer, Port Dover

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 Earl Hughson, Uxbridge

Details of the events that have occured will follow. If you would like information on these tours, please don't hesitate to contact Andrew Nixon, Project Coordinator at the OHA

Friday April 21, 2017 (3:00 - 4:00 PM) . Dr. Toktam Taghavi, Simcoe Research Station, University of Guelph. Blueline Road, Simcoe, Ontario. Contact Dr. Taghavi for more information.

Friday, June 23, 2017 Drew Dalgleish, Wheatley

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Mark Brown & Sara Rowland, Rodney

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Michael Gladstone, Blenheim


8th Annual Ontario Hazelnut Association Symposium March 28, 2017, Brantford, Ontario

2017 Ontario Hazelnut Association Eighth Annual Symposium

The theme of this year’s event was “The Future of Hazelnuts in Ontario” and the program explored the path the OHA is taking, in partnership with Ferrero Canada and the University of Guelph, to significantly expand the industry over the coming decade

Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, March 28, 2017, Brantford, Ontario

Oregon Hazelnut Winter Meeting was held on January 18 in Corvallis Oregon Several OHA members flew to Portland Oregon on January 16 for a full day of hazelnut tours on January 17 and then attended the Oregon Hazelnut Winter Meeting on January 18 in Corvallis Oregon. Two days packed with tours and information in the hub of hazelnut growing in North American. Contact Linda at Lindagrimo@ontariohazelnuts.com for more information on the meeting. This will be reported on at the OHA Symposium in March.

Earthgen 2nd Annual Field Day (click to see flyer)

September 24, 2016, 85766 Canborough Road, Wainfleet, Ontari

Ontario Hazelnut Association Request for Volunteers

September 1 - 16, 2016, University of Guelph Simcoe Research Station, Simcoe Ontario. 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Come help out with the harvest of the University of Guelph Research Trials. Learn first hand the varieties which are suitable for Ontario, harvests and yields, and contribute to the research and development of hazelnuts in Ontario

Ontario Hazelnut Association Field Tour

August 22, 2016, University of Guelph Simcoe Research Station, Simcoe Ontario. 1:00-2:00 PM

Speakers include Dr. Toktam Taghavi, University of Guelph and Director of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, Martin Hodgson, Grower from Norfolk County and Director of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, Dr. Adam Dale, Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, and Linda Grimo, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Hazelnut Association. Organized by the OHA.


County of Brant Free Hazelnut Event

June 16, 2016, Burford Community Centre, Burford Ontario. 7:00-9:00 PM

Speakers include Martin Hodgson, Grower from Norfolk County and Director of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, Dr. John Kelly, Director of the Ontario Hazelnut Association, Speaker from Ferrero and a presentation on finances. Organized by the County of Brant (David Johnston, General Manager of Economic Development and Strategic Investment, County of Brant.


Growers Announcement

Previous Events

Hazelnut Field Tour of the Ontario Hazelnut Association

Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT), 1283 Blueline Road, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K3, Canada

Met with experts in the field, Look at trees after pruning and pollination, Review selection criteria, tree winter hardiness, Eastern Filbert Blight, native hazelnut trees vs cultivars/hybrids.

2016 Hazelnut Symposium a Great Success

From one participant. "Congratulations on holding a wonderful symposium in London today. It was informative and well organized. I am proud to be a member of this organization."

Coverage of Symposium from Farms.com

Facebook OHA Coverage



Southwest Agricultural Conference, Univeristy of Guelph Ridgetown College will have a session on hazelnuts and other nuts conducted by Todd Leuty, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Ontario's Fruit & Vegetable Convention The Ontario Hazelnut Association will have a significant presence! February 17-18, 2016 - Niagara Falls, Ontario

Members Only Events will include 4 site visits at the University of Guelph Simcoe Research Station.

Ontario Hazelnut Association 7th Annual Symposium, London, Ontario. March 22, 2016. Details to follow.



Recent Events

6th Annual Symposium was a great success.

It was held on March 24th, 2015
Sixth Annual Ontario Hazelnut Association Symposium The Hazelnuts Are Coming!

The Ontario Hazelnut Association, in cooperation with the University of Guelph hosted "The Hazelnuts Are Coming! The Hazelnuts Are Coming!" It was a gathering of growers, companies, nurseries, academics and executives who are involved in the hazelnut value chain in Ontario.

The program included plenary and thought provoking panel sessions delivered by Canadian and international experts, with key guest speakers focusing on commercialization, communication, market development, investment, resource support and domestic and international collaboration. This was from discovery to launching into the market and was a great opportunity to interact with experts and innovators, with significant business acumen.

Topics included:

Mapping hazelnuts in Ontario; Understanding the Costs and Returns of Hazelnuts; Following Up on the Ferrero / OHA Memorandum of Understanding; The Oregon Experience, New Business Opportunities; Financing Hazelnuts; Ontario Companies Doing Hazelnuts.

Thanks to All of our Sponsors

The Ontario Hazelnut Association thanks our Event Supporters


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Mori Essex Nurseries

The Ontario Hazelnut Association thanks our Sponsors


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Press Releases

April 5, 2015 Ontario Hazelnut Association 6th Annual Hazelnut Symposium A Great Success
March 10, 2015 Ontario Hazelnut Association Announces Keynote Speaker for 6th Annual Hazelnut Symposium
March 1, 2015 Ontario Hazelnut Association 6th Annual Hazelnut Symposium
June 19, 2014 Members Newsletter
October 4, 2013 Ontario Hazelnut Association and Ferrero SpA Sign New Memorandum of Understanding
May 19, 2013

Elliott Currie Named Executive Director of Ontario Hazelnut Association

November 19, 2013

Ontario Hazelnut Association Announces 5th Annual Hazelnut Symposium

June 12, 2013 Wanted: Ontario Farmers to Grow Hazelnuts
June, 2013 New Ontario Hazelnut Association Formed

News Articles

CBC News, January 7, 2015 Hazelnut Farming Set to Grow in Southwestern Ontario
Radio Canada, January 2015 La noisette convoitée à Windsor-Essex
Simcoe Reformer, June 2014 Huge Potential for Area's Hazelnut Crop
University of Guelph Ontario Hazelnut Industry Has Customers Lining Up
Brantford Expositor, May 2014 Brant Agriculture: Picturing Rows of Hazelnut Trees
Better Farming, June 2013 Hazelnuts Worth The Wait
The Grower, 2013

Ontario Poised for Large Hazelnut Growth

The Grower, 2013 Cracking the Hazelnut Opportunity
The Grower, 2013 Seven Hazelnut Rootstocks Now Shortlisted
The Grower, 2014 5th Annual Hazelnut Symposium slated for March 2014
The Grower, 2013 Micropropagation: An efficient technology for large-scale production of hazelnuts
Better Farming Magazine, 2010 Hazelnut Venture Looks Promising

Previous Events

Hazelnut Information Sessions
Three locations/dates:

September 17th, 2013
Mori Essex Nurseries
1090 Ridge Road
Harrow, ON
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September 19th, 2013
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food & Ministry of Rural Affairs
1 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario
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September 24th, 2013
University of Guelph Research Station
1283 Blueline Road Simcoe, ON
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