quirky at videotron.ca
Tue Aug 16 19:52:56 EDT 2011
Dear all, came back from vacation to this very interesting
conversation about the e-mail list and the NAFEX forum.
I happen to be one of those Canadians who uses the list but is not a
NAFEX member. I joined the list actually to contact someone after having
been referred from another fruit growers forum. I happily abandoned that
forum pretty much for this list, firstly because of the ease of
the"PUSH" system of e-mail, but mainly because of the quality of the
discussions and knowledge of the subscribers.
Three years later I have learned an incredible amount from this list
about all sorts of subjects that I would possibly have never imagined to
research on a forum (and I do a LOT of internet research).
I too have very little income and am only an amateur backyard grower.
Therefore, although toying with the idea, I have not subscribed to
NAFEX, believing that most members, and POMONA contributers for example,
are professional cultivators who make their living or part of it through
As a non-member, I realise wholeheartedly that my opinion does not count
in this debate. But I would say that I would be sad to see the great
resource that is this list disappear.
Kudos to everyone, I say, who takes their time to share any knowledge
they have about fruit growing with the rest of us. I thank you.
St. Jerome, QC
On 8/14/2011 4:46 PM, david.maxwell at dal.ca wrote:
> Deb's comment about the email listserv kind of slipped by without people noticing. This
> listserv is an interesting phenomenon. Despite the name, it actually has no official
> relationship to NAFEX at all. It is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
> one of a very large number of "public domain" distribution lists managed by them in the public
> interest, and is neither moderated, controlled by, nor indeed associated with NAFEX in any
> way, (other than that a former NAFEX member got it set up). Given this, obviously the
> membership in the list is equally divorced from NAFEX as an organisation - anybody can join,
> and in fact, at least in Canada, the majority of members are not NAFEX members at all.
> The recently created forum is wholly a child of NAFEX. Only paid-up NAFEX members will
> be able to access it. The contents will not be shared with the email listserv, nor vice versa,
> and, since the audience will be different, (anybody in the world for the listserv, paid-up
> NAFEX members for the forum), it is likely that the content will similarly differ.
>> I also prefer email, but options are good.
>> Coordinating the two so people who like ail could get forum posts as
>> email or vice versa is an interesting idea.
>> Road's End Farm<organic87 at frontiernet.net> wrote:
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