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  • From: "Judi Stewart" <>
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  • Subject: [NAFEX] RE: How to become a "fruit explorer"
  • Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 18:17:17 -0800

Hello Deb,

I think one of the best and easiest ways is to talk to people who have
orchards or grow small fruit. Simply ask them about what they're
growing. Knocking on doors is not too far off the mark. Just tell
someone with a fruit tree that you're interested in growing fruit and
you'll get an education at that moment. Venture on to another location
and talk to the next person, and so on. Someone who has a passion for
growing anything usually has a parallel passion in talking about their
hobby to someone who's truly interested. You'll learn plenty in a short
period of time, as well as make new friends. I'm sure these neighbors
still have the books that got them started though the pages may be worn
and dog-eared. They can certainly point you in the right direction.

Olympic Peninsula zone 8

[] On Behalf Of Deb Schneider
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 4:15 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] How to become a "fruit explorer"

I'm pretty new to "fruiting"...mostly I've grown berries in the past.
now started a small orchard (Kristin, Lapins and Bali cherry, a 4-in-1
Pluot, Queen Cox Apple, and Comice and Warren pears.

I am fascinated with the stories in Pomona about people riding around
neighborhoods discovering interesting fruits. I'm wondering do folks
on doors and ask to try the fruit or collect a sample? How does one go
about identifying what's safe to eat and what isn't? I don't know a
from a there a good VERY basic book that describes what
experts are doing when the take a piece of a tree and start a new plant?

I live out in the country and often see interesting berry bushes, old
trees, even long ignored orchards. I have a thorny tree (the blossoms
like apple blossoms) that has never fruited...I wonder if it might be a
apple? Would it set fruit if my Queen Cox pollinates it?


Deb Schneider
SE Ohio Zone 5b

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