[nafex] Re: Memberships

Robert H. lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 10 12:33:57 EDT 2001

In my limited exposure to the this the SSF group I would agree.
I just came back from the Tallahasse meeting.  I was one of the younger 
people there (age 34).  People my age (at least in Atlanta) seem to have other intersts.
I am considered rather odd....but I always was. :) 

This may also have to do with the overwelming info on ornamental
gardening and the perception that fruit and berry gardening is ALOT
more work. The later may or maynot be true of course, but thats anouther
story.  When is the last time anyone has scene any good fruit info on
Victory Garden or HGTV.  People need to know you dont need to have an orchard
and if you do want that, help is availible.

--- In nafex at y..., "Gordon Nofs" <gc_nofs at h...> wrote:
>    There is a problem with membership in most growers organizations. I have 
> found out as with MNGA that the biggest problem is that very few younger 
> members join. and that during meetings you will see mostly the older folks 
> who enjoy the company. Many of them like myself are in the 70's or near it. 
> The ones that keep on usually are there for companionship, and like the 
> company. We do not really need any more work. As for us that do it for our 
> own satisfaction and not for the need or want of money we will not quit what 
> we like to do and helping others to figure out what they are looking for. I 
> take application forms to the county Co-Op extension service and they put 
> them on the rack. There is where people come in to find out information, and 
> they have a lot of free information. I know of many members that are in 
> their 80's and still keep grafting and teaching people who want to know and 
> are surprised when they make a visit and see that you are growing so many 
> things and varieties of fruit and nuts that they had always thought would 
> not grow there. At least that is the way it is here at my 2 acres in Flint, 
> Michigan
>      Gordon C. Nofs   MNGA, NNGA, NAFEX
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