[NAFEX] Fwd: [rarefruit] Discussion aims of the group

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 01:32:00 EDT 2007


Here are some comments about NAFEXers from Rarefruit list.

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar

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From: Michael Nave <jmichaelnave at yahoo.com>
Date: Apr 14, 2007 10:45 AM
Subject: Re: [rarefruit] Discussion aims of the group
To: rarefruit at yahoogroups.com



I've given thought to the coolfruit/rarefruit group
issue and don't know what to do about it. Coolfruit is
to some extent displaced by the NAFEX list, although
unfortunately many of the folks on the NAFEX internet
list are very mainstream apple/peach/plum growers who
love chemical agriculture and think kiwi fruit are
exotic fruits. Many aren't really fruit explorers at
all which was the original purpose of NAFEX. The NAFEX
magazine is far more interesting than the NAFEX
internet group. The Dave's Garden groups also have
members that specialize in temperate fruit growing but
using the group is so clunky that I won't waste my
time.

I tend to think of rarefruit as a list for just that,
rare fruit, and the rarer the better. While there
really is nothing rare about mangos and jackfruit,
they are rare if you live in temperate areas. And
truly edible lonicera is rare almost everywhere
outside of northern Europe, Canada and Japan.

I guess I just don't want to see rarefruit restricted
too much. If we say we can't discuss lonicera and cold
hardy kiwi here, it just seems that the group loses
something. There will always be people who are not
interested in certain topics whether the topic is a
tropical, subtropical or temperate fruit, and they are
under no obligation to follow those posts. Lord knows
I am usually bored stiff by rambutan, litchee and
langsat discussions. For me to try to grow them would
be way too much work and the payoff is just not worth
the effort. On the other hand red fleshed jackfruit,
purple yams and purple fleshed durian are very
interesting to me whether I can grow them or not. My
point is just that no one is ever interested in all
posts.

But if we broaden the scope of rare fruit, then what
happens to coolfruit? That would have been a good
question in 2001 but right now coolfruit has so few
posts that I don't think the question matters much
anymore.

--- CannonConsult <b.cannon01 at verizon.net <b.cannon01%40verizon.net>> wrote:

> Hi Mike,
>
> What you write is true. The question is do we need
> to advertise the
> group more or include non warm climate edibles
> here? I tend to let the
> group make such decisions even though I would love
> to see the CoolFruit
> group become more active. It has over 280 members
> with 76 bouncing so
> that leaves about 200 that are still there to see
> posts.
>
> You have been in this group quite a while and in
> CoolFruit since 1981.
> Perhaps you would be willing to become a co-owner an
> promote the group
> and see if it can be woken up? At this moment I
> simply do not have the
> time to push it as much as I would like to.
>
> If you, or any other list members, wish to contact
> me off list about
> this feel free to do so at: cannonconsult at myway.com<cannonconsult%40myway.com>
>
> Best of growing,
>
> Bob
> SW Florida USA
>
> Michael Nave wrote:
>
> > The problem Bob is that nothing ever happens on
> > coolfruit these days. It peaked in about 2001 when
> > coincidentally Jan was a member and he I exchanged
> > emails about chestnuts and jujube and I believe I
> sent
> > him seeds from a Russian jujube cultivar I had at
> that
> > time. In 2001 coolfruit had about one message per
> day.
> > Last year it had about one message every 3 days
> and
> > this year it is down to about one message every
> six
> > days with about a third of those messages coming
> from
> > me and Phil Pieri.
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > .
>
>

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