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  • From: Caren Kirk <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Question
  • Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:52:56 -0400

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 agriculture.

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.

Caren Kirk
St. Jerome, QC

On 8/14/2011 4:46 PM, 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
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

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.

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