[NAFEX] J. Seed
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Nov 20 20:42:30 EST 2004
Chapman was a Swedenborgian (sp?). He was supposed to have gotten
the apple seed from the pomace at cider mills. From what I've read,
vinegar was vital to pioneers for food preservation, for pickling
vegetables, in making ham and cheese (wipe the cheeses and hams with
vinegar to prevent/remove mold), as a cleaner, and a lot more. Of
course apple brandy (alcohol) was also used in making herbal extracts
for medicine, for food preservation (surprising how many old recipes
there are for fruit preserved in alcohol) and in making vinegar. In
the last case, apples usually didn't contain enough sugar to make hard
cider with very much alcohol. Since the strength of the vinegar
depended on how much alcohol there was to start with, they usually
added brandy, or whiskey, to the hard cider to get vinegar with more
acetic acid in it.
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Nov 20, 2004, at 5:26 PM, Heron Breen wrote:
> From a few different sources, and with the details all gone fuzzy in
> my head, I
have read that Johnathan Chapman was a vegetarian, and a non-drinker.
does not preclude him from planting trees for cider for other folks,
situations seem to explain his behavior. Apparently he was part of a
sect, and I cannot recall which, maybe someone out there can remind me,
behavior, like vegetarianism, was totally bizarre for many people of
the day. He
eschewed money and material wealth in general, beyond what was needed.
He also had
many ideas on nature that apparently involved not pruning trees because
against divine guidance or natural way (? just a hypothesis, since I am
to the religious sect).
Many sources have concluded he was basically a religious, possibly
real estate developer. He would continue farther into the unsettled
establishing orchards/nurseries, and the arriving settlers would have
to buy out
his claim, usually in the best sites. The price paid was fairly small,
to live off of, and he would take the younger stock and seeds and
continue to the
next perfect spot and wait. I believe he was not grafting as it seems
above doctrine of no pruning, but I could be wrong. But established
topwork and make cider and vinegar from were definitely a needed
commodity by a
settler family, vinegar and cider being as good as money in a barter
vinegar especially surprisingly.
I think it may be this person's religious conviction and lack of social
got him his mythical status.
Burnt Ridge Nursery has a similarly seemingly unbelievable story of
nursery/grafter/farmer/black man/Oregon Trail person in their Winter
This person, named George W. Bush no less, lived a life that seems
Check this story out: George makes J. Seed seem pretty normal. PG 27,
George W. Bush and the Giant Butternut.
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