[nafex] Re: So what is the point?

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Thu Jul 12 12:15:14 EDT 2001


A good example of community outreach which I do, is with Cub Scouts.  Part
of earning certain badges involves growing a tree, and general plant

I take this opportunity to give them germinated apple seeds, and each boy
plants two. One he takes home and takes care of himself, the other I
manage for him until he returns in September.

In September Canadian Scouts sell apples door-to-door to raise money
(Apple Day), and I will give them the choice of keeping their apple whip,
or selling it on Apple Day.

This is the first year, and I will bet you every boy will keep his apple

I just have to make sure they all survive. (smile)  Maintaining 24 apple
seedlings in 1 liter grow bags is possible (so far).


Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, claude sweet wrote:

> Christopher Mauchline wrote:
> > What can we do?
> >
> > I'm not sure.  Some on this forum have offered some ideas that may
> > help.  But we're bucking a national trend.  The Boomers and GenX do
> > not join organizations like the GI generation did (they do join more
> > as they age, but never at the rate or involvement of their forebears).
> > And the millenial "cohort" is too young to know their involvement
> > trend.
> Chris,
> My experience is that a high percentage of people who are connected to
> the Internet will participate in discussions and will share information
> if provided the proper forum.
> I share plants and exchange information with people all over the
> country, indeed the world, only because of the easy and quickness of
> email.
> While there is a decline in people attending physical meetings,
> organizations like NAFEX have yet to tap into electronic memberships as
> a revenue source or a communication device.
> Involving children is a matter of establishing example of gardening
> observed in the home. The younger, the better to acquaint them with the
> joys of gardening. Admittedly a difficult task for apartment and
> condominium dwellers, but there is the possibility of participating in
> community gardens sponsored by schools, churches, and local agencies.
> An out reach to schools and universities needs to be established to both
> expand membership and revitalize our gardening organizations. Empty
> nesters could act as sponsors/mentors in such a program by passing on
> information and distributing plants. My interest in gardening was the
> result of such a partnership in the apartment complex were I lived as a
> teenager. There were areas to garden and an older gentleman gave me
> dahlia tubers from his stock. A few years later he died and his
> relatives were not interested in his collection so they trashed them. It
> still saddens me today to think of the waste.
> Claude Sweet
> San Diego, CA
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