[NAFEX] way, way OT

skkewing at yahoo.com skkewing at yahoo.com
Wed May 13 16:51:34 EDT 2009


True, true!  I've seen four of my favourite fruit tree businesses end in the last few years: Sprout Farms retired, DNA Gardens went broke, I don't know what happened to Woodwinds, and Larry Robinson of Roblyn Eyrie Farms passed away.

These would all be part of the reason that my orchard wound up the size it is instead of staying a nice little 20 or so trees!  lol  I'm the ultimate tree hugger and I'm trying to save the rest of the varieties before they get lost too!

Speaking of lost varieties: does anyone out there have a Canadian source for the Norquay Delight apple or the South Dakota plum?

Sarah 
zone 3
Edmonton, AB


--- On Wed, 5/13/09, Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu> wrote:

> From: Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
> Subject: [NAFEX] way, way OT
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Received: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 6:18 PM
> 
>  
> It's been a roundabout route to get here, but Kevin,
> you've made an
> excellent point. 
> 
> NAFEX - and similar groups like Seed Savers, Southern Fruit
> Fellowship,
> Northern Nut Growers Assn., etc. are becoming a last
> repository for some
> pretty important gardening/orcharding knowledge, and
> I'm encouraged to
> see new/young 'faces' entering the mix from time to
> time, 'cause I'm
> seeing some of the older folks whom I've relied on for
> information and
> plant materials beginning to pass from the scene.
> 
> 
> Lucky
> 
> 
> At 01:10 PM 5/13/2009, you wrote:
> 
> I used to
> carry a pocketknife in
> school as well. My sixth grade teacher made a point of
> inspecting
> everyone's knife at least once a week to make sure they
> were kept sharp
> and rust-free. These days you can't even find a good
> one unless you get
> it custom made, so no one takes care of their personal
> equipment
> anymore.  They just throw it away and buy another
> cheap piece of
> Chinese crap to replace it with. Watches seem to have gone
> that way too.
> My grandfather's pocket watch is still working and
> keeping better time
> than many of the disposable electric ones, but it's
> getting really hard
> to find a jeweler to service it anymore. All the guys who
> know how to do
> it right are dying off, and none of the younger people have
> any interest
> in taking it up. Just like so many other things. We are
> losing so much
> knowledge that took centuries to build up in a single
> generation.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: Sheridan Shumway
> <rattler_mt at yahoo.com>
> 
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> 
> Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 12:42:56 PM
> 
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] electric fence
> 
> 
> 
> 
> guess its nice living in a bit of a backwater cause im all
> of 27.......i
> was still in school when Columbine happened, hell i watched
> it happen on
> the news during history class, and yet i was still allowed
> to be carrying
> a pocket knife to school everyday...a couple teachers would
> occasionally
> ask to borrow it...we usually has a pickup loaded to the
> roof with
> hunting gear including "high powered sniper
> rifles" parked
> across the street from the school cause as soon as the last
> bell rang we
> were headed out hunting and every teacher knew we had guns
> sitting in our
> vehicles all of 100 yards from where we were siting in the
> classroom......
> 
> 
> course it also helped teach yah to respect property cause
> if yah didnt
> know where you were at and wondered on to the wrong guys
> land you might
> wind up with a few exra holes in your hide or in your
> vehicle......not to
> mention if they just called yah in to the cops you were
> going to get an
> arse beating from your dad....we did alo of stupid crap
> growing
> up.....darn near killed each other on many occasions but
> other peoples
> property was left alone....short of playing a joke on
> buddies..
> 
> 
> Sheridan S.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> > Message: 4
> 
> > Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 09:07:35 -0700 (PDT)
> 
> > From: Matthew Oller
> <matthewoller at yahoo.com
> >
> 
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] electric fence
> 
> > To: North American Fruit Explorers
> <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> >
> 
> > Message-ID:
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> 617187.29313.qm at web65504.mail.ac4.yahoo.com>
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> > 
> 
> > 
> 
> > Sheridan, I think everyones' comments are great.
> The
> 
> > problem is we come from another world. 
> 
> > I worked in a school for seventeen years. What is
> taught is
> 
> > ,
> 
> > ' The world is my babysitter' . 'I have
> only rights, and no
> 
> > responsibilities' .
> 
> > I come from the school of environmental interaction--
> You
> 
> > know , fall down, go boom, etc.
> 
> > 
> 
> > Paraphrasing Mark Twain, The world would be a better
> place
> 
> > if people pt a little more emphasis on their
> 
> > responsibilities, rather than their rights..
> 
> > matt
> 
> > peace
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>       
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