[nafex ibiblio list] North Carolina Scion Exchange

Chris Garriss cgarriss at garriss.net
Fri Dec 30 10:06:43 EST 2011


Like many others on this list, I am not a NAFEX member.  I was (many) years
ago, but got no response from the heads / leaders of some of the interest
groups when I tried to contact them, and had no real interaction with other
NAFEX members.  Pomona was print only back then (well over 10 years ago,
but electronic media was almost completely non-existent then), some of the
articles were of interest but this list provided me with far more
information, connectivity, etc.  And, because of the way I saved the
messages was, and is, completely searchable a great resource.  The only
tangible benefit (other than Pomona and a member list that was provided to
all new members - many (most?) did not have email addresses) was borrowing
a few books from the library - not sure this even exists anymore nor how
relevant given the Internet and e-media.  So, after several years dropped
my membership.  I would say that my experience with NAFEX was at best
neutral.  At that time it was early in my "career" of relevant interest,
and that interest was not really fed by other than this list.  I did
consider attending one annual - it was held in Pennsylvania one year, but
decided against a 7+ hour drive each way plus motel.

Chris

On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM, Deb Schneider <debs913 at gmail.com> wrote:

> NAFEX members can request a list of members names/emails etc. for
> their state or region from me.  Looks like we have nearly 50 members
> in North Carolina.
>
> deb
>
> On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 9:24 AM, Chris Garriss <cgarriss at garriss.net>
> wrote:
> > Of late there has been discussion / announcement of scion swaps /
> > exchanges, grafting workshops by groups or in areas of the United States.
> >  Insofar as I can tell, none of these have been in North Carolina or even
> > reasonably feasible to drive to / attend.  I know that there are quite a
> > few hobbyists in NC, but don't have / know of any sort of directory nor
> > know if they subscribe to this list, so have no idea how to connect with
> > them.
> >
> > I know that there is at least interest in the topic of preserving
> heirloom
> > fruits, grafting, etc. in my area - when Lee Calhoun gave a talk on
> > Southern Apples the space was full.  It was held in the basement meeting
> > room of the local county ag extension office - I estimate 70+ people
> > attended.  I live in a small community, and while I am not far from some
> > larger urban areas they are in different counties, and so served by
> > different extension offices.  As far as I've been able to tell the only
> > "announcement" of the meeting was via a mailing list from the local
> >  extension agent and then by word of mouth.  I recognized a number of the
> > people attending, and they were all from the local area.
> >
> > I only know of one other meeting in NC - this one was not about Lee, but
> > was a grafting workshop.  I believe it was also held in or sponsored by a
> > county agricultural extension office.  I learned about it several months
> > after it had been held, in a casual conversation with someone that lives
> in
> > that county.  That one was well within easy driving distance, and might
> > have afforded the opportunity to connect with other interested parties.
> >
> > Is there any interest in pursuing such an event in NC - or more widely
> > distributing information if something like this is already in existence?
> >  Beyond my own interest that is.  Is it feasible / worthwhile to consider
> > setting up a list that could serve as a forum for the NC area?  While NC
> > encompasses several different climatic zones, it's not like it ranges
> from
> > zone 10 to 2, so there would be quite a bit of continuity across the
> state.
> >  If there is interest, contact me off list; if something like this
> already
> > exists I, and I presume others, would like to know about it - a short
> > posting to this list would be great.
> >
> > Chris
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