[NAFEX] changing jobs - fruit interests

rob hamilton lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Wed May 28 09:59:30 EDT 2003

Thank you to everyone who responded!

I have gotten alot advice, examples, books, and links
to look at and consider.  I wont be doing any major
changes anytime soon, but all this has been vary
helpful. I think the problem I am facing right now is
the fact the school I work at has no horticultural
deptartment. This would afford me to explore alot more
options and information cheaply. If anything needs to
change it may be the school I work at for right now...
even that may be jumping the gun for right now.

All these responses have given me and idea for Pomona.
I would love to see a regular member profile of NAFEX.
Maybe the NAFEX board could start it off.  
They can not only discuss what their current projects
and interests are, but also how they got where they
are today.  Also the people or books that influanced


--- del stubbs <pinewoodel at hotmail.com> wrote:
> First of all - thanks for having the courage to
> spill your beans with this 
> group. Obviously many of us have been bit by the
> same bug. I am on my 5th 
> year, though it was a life dream ( I am 50 now)  I
> have never had so much 
> fun. The 1.5 acre orchard I started from buried
> grafts is now over my head 
> and I walk in it first thing every morning with my
> coffee, like a proud 
> papa. We live too remote to sell much from the farm
> direct, so in a few 
> years I will be dealing with either farmers market
> or selling to local 
> sellers. I am so enamored with grating/propagating I
> may move more into a 
> nursery situation, using my orchard as a 'proof of
> the pudding' for locals 
> to see before buying trees. I consider it to be a
> future supplementary 
> income, and the experimental growing I am doing is
> my contribution to a 
> fruitless area that should be abundant in fruit. By
> buying wholesale 
> rootstocks at under a dollar each, or growing my
> own, this entire operation, 
> fence included, has only cost me about a grand in 5
> years. So if one can get 
> some land it can be quite affordable to get started.
> Best of luck! Del
> Del Stubbs  www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3
> >From: rob hamilton <lostman_amiga at yahoo.com>
> >Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers
> <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> >To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> >Subject: [NAFEX] changing jobs - fruit interests
> >Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 09:03:59 -0700 (PDT)
> >
> >Hello all,
> >
> >This may be odd place to talk about this, and I
> dont
> >know if anyone can really offer me any real advice
> >about this, but I am not sure where to go.
> >
> >I am pretty new a fruit culture, but I am finding
> it
> >really interesting...more interesting than what I
> am
> >doing now.
> >
> >Let me back-up a bit.
> >I am about 36 years old and I am working at Spelman
> >College and lab tech and teacher of Computer
> Graphics.
> >
> >It's a nice job with pretty good perks, but I am
> not
> >as interested in computers as I once was.  For a
> while
> >now, I have been just floating along with no real
> >interest in anything.  I bought my first house
> about 6
> >years ago with 1/4 acre lot. I had no interest in
> >plants at all then (which is why I got the small
> lot),
> >but with constant prodding of the guy next door to
> >keep my lawn cut, the issue of yardwork was forced
> >upon me. After 2 years of mowing and cutting
> hedges, I
> >begin to tell people that "grass does not put food
> on
> >the table, so why am I spending so much time with
> >it!". I thought about what I said and it clicked.
> If I
> >am going to work in the yard, it needs to be
> something
> >I enjoy. Suddenly, I thought fruit trees! Why not!
> So
> >I started and haven't stopped yet. Now most of my
> free
> >time I am reading books and web pages and planting
> >anything and everything in the yard. I have planted
> >many trees and bushes. I have met many wonderful
> >people who have encouraged me.  Most of them on
> this
> >list! I have learned more that I have ever wanted
> to
> >know about fruit culture and I am still a novice. I
> >have rooted my first cutting last year and budded
> my
> >first tree this spring. I seem to be getting deeper
> >and deeper in to the hobby with no way out. :)
> >
> >Today I see a crossroad coming and I am not sure of
> >what to do. Do I keep this as just a hobby (and get
> >buy more land) or do I make it really work for me.
> I
> >have no formal training in horticulture. Do I go
> back
> >to school, and if so what do I do when I get out?
> Will
> >this be a fruit thing be just a passing fancy, or
> will
> >I start breeding my own cultivars.
> >
> >I know, these are questions I need answer myself,
> but
> >I always found it good to hear for others about
> their
> >journeys and what they do.
> >
> >Anyone care to share?
> >
> >
> >=====
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