[NAFEX] NNGA membership declines
hans-brinkmann at t-online.de
Mon Jul 2 03:36:04 EDT 2007
at Germany Gardeners are facing exactly the same problems.
In Germany gardeners are additionally considered a little bit
old-fashioned and conservative.
It is told, German gardeners are using much more pesticides than a
farmer or a commercial fruit-producer on the same amount of square meters...
And the mainstream of youth is not loving this at all, because home-made
fruits have always a "relation/connection with health" and "pure nature".
Only the "biggest potatoe" and the "sweetest apple" is not attracting
the youth at Germany.
Only very young people are attracted by such a competition....
A bigger relation/interaction/knowledge of things is more attractive for
The little patience of youth - and grown up people! - is an other
Michael Nave schrieb:
>I've been an NNGA member for about 16 years. My
>impression is that the older folks are dying off, and
>more importantly, not being replaced by younger folks.
>Interest in nut trees definitely seems to be in a
>decline in the US right now. Membership in the
>American Chestnut Foundation has increased but I think
>many of the ACF members are not active nut growers
>anyway. They like the romance of the story of the
>American chestnut and the attempts to bring it back.
>It's not that there are other ways to meet kindred
>souls. There simply aren't that many kindred souls to
>meet. Oddly, there are probably more chestnut and
>pecan growers now than there have been in many years,
>but many of them really aren't interested in nut trees
>as a discussion topic. They are simply interested in
>growing nut trees as a way to make money. Many newer
>chestnut growers in the west for example just plant
>orchards of Colossal chestnuts as a way to make an
>easy buck. They actually know nothing about chestnuts
>and have no interest in discussing chestnuts unless
>the discussion involves a way to make more money. They
>have no love of nut trees at all.
>--- Donna &/or Kieran <holycow at cookeville.com> wrote:
>>I guess you can tell business is slow for me today.
>>I finally joined NNGA
>>last year and finally got our address problem
>>corrected so got my long
>>awaited and long anticipated first NUTSHELL. What a
>>thin reading. Then I read that their membership has
>>declined to only 600,
>>only about 1/4 of what it has been in the past.
>>Anyone know why? I assume
>>it's the old guys dying off. Could it be that the
>>internet and things like
>>Gardenweb as another way to meet kindred souls have
>>added to the decline?
>>I do find that the antique rose group contains
>>knowlegeable people, but
>>other forums tend to involve a lot of very naive
>> I am concerned because I had assumed that I'd be
>>able to track down some
>>old friend of Cecil Farris who would have his hazels
>>in their backyard. ( I
>>do hear that Corvallis has his stuff) Also I want
>>to find the info on Fox
>>and Davis shagbarks, which was compatible with
>>mockernut, which with pignut,
>>so I'd know which one I have and try the other one
>>again.( I do try to keep
>>decent notes on what I do and decent labels, but
>>failed on these) Lucky
>>says I didn't get them from him and they're not on
>>his list of what Ted
>>Danieki has, so I have no idea who I ordered them
>>from some 9-10 years ago.
>>I know there is a big overlap of membership between
>>the 2 organizations, so
>>maybe you all know something about what has been
>>happening with them.
>Boardwalk for $500? In 2007? Ha! Play Monopoly Here and Now (it's updated for today's economy) at Yahoo! Games.
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