[NAFEX] J. Seed
regina at kreger.net
Sat Nov 20 20:52:20 EST 2004
Daggone it, Heron, now you've got me curious about that OTHER George W. Bush
& the Giant Butternut -- what's the link? I don't find any stories at Burnt
Ridge's website. Are you pulling our leg?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heron Breen" <breen at fedcoseeds.com>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 20, 2004 8:26 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] J. Seed
>From a few different sources, and with the details all gone fuzzy in my
have read that Johnathan Chapman was a vegetarian, and a non-drinker. While
does not preclude him from planting trees for cider for other folks, other
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, and
behavior, like vegetarianism, was totally bizarre for many people of the
eschewed money and material wealth in general, beyond what was needed. He
many ideas on nature that apparently involved not pruning trees because it
against divine guidance or natural way (? just a hypothesis, since I am not
to the religious sect).
Many sources have concluded he was basically a religious, possibly mentally
real estate developer. He would continue farther into the unsettled regions,
establishing orchards/nurseries, and the arriving settlers would have to buy
his claim, usually in the best sites. The price paid was fairly small, but
to live off of, and he would take the younger stock and seeds and continue
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 stock to
topwork and make cider and vinegar from were definitely a needed commodity
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 another
nursery/grafter/farmer/black man/Oregon Trail person in their Winter 2004
This person, named George W. Bush no less, lived a life that seems beyond
Check this story out: George makes J. Seed seem pretty normal. PG 27, story
George W. Bush and the Giant Butternut.
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