Funding Friday: The Open Orchard

I really like this project. I hope it reaches its goal and gets funded.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Tom Labus

    This guy is a real hero!!! Thanks for the intro.

  2. Vendita Auto

    Good on him. We all do our bit no matter how how small the allotment, Kew Gardens (London) close enough to me for lunches:

    1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

      Hi, Wakehurst is around 5 miles from where I was born,(Cuckfield) and my sisters Godfather handled the seed database there, so we were frequent visitors as kids. I live in Switzerland now and we have the same habit of finding old varieties, planting nurturing and sharing. Diversity (in all respects) builds; resilience, adaptability, richness and innovation – You have to love it.

  3. Erin

    That looks great!

  4. CTC911CTC

    Growing up with grandparents as farmers – what the farmers grew for themselves was different than what the worked in the market – love fruit trees, perhaps the market that he is addressing is the wrong one? Selling the trees to nurseries might be a more interesting path, more profitable. Last thought: ‘genetic diversity’ seems to be straight forward within plant life – “Mendel’s Beans” – and tasty apples are a new –… – so these strains he speaks of are re-creatable, correct?Very interesting project – enjoyed the video, good production.

  5. riley mcdonough

    Wow, shows you how far we’ve drifted and amazing people like him will help us get back on course. I’m in and thanks for sharing!

  6. zakumanoff

    Thanks for this. Signed up for the class. Planting a tree will be a fun family experience.

  7. Richard

    You like apples? How do you like dem apples ?

  8. sigmaalgebra

    Definitely looks like a NYC tree hugger overwrought approach to, say, apple, cherry, or peach pie!I agree that a lot has been lost and should be regained; I’ll do what I can.But for Dad, none of that seemed at all difficult: Gee, fancy restaurants can have water cress salad. Okay. And, sure, I’d toss it with what in my experimental French cooking I would have called sauce vinaigrette. Still, to Dad, water cress was that rapidly growing stuff he chopped out of a little stream that ran across the yard: If he didn’t chop it out of the stream, then water would backup and flood some of the yard!Apple varieties? He grew up with lots of them, with some of the trees on his yard. His mom made a pie a day. She had a special little place set up in her kitchen and was good at it! The pie was usually apple, and for that they had their favorite apple varieties. They also did cherry: Now if want a cherry pie, it’s a big deal: Need to have your own tree you have taken care of appropriately, have a neighbor with such a tree, or pay surprisingly big bucks for frozen cherries from, say, northern Michigan.Part of the deal is to get the heck out of the big cities.To some extent, the Internet should permit more of that!We shouldn’t get too excited about fruit varieties! When I learned that if plant a grape and it grows into a grape vine, then, presto, bingo, have a new grape variety, I knew there were some millions of wild grape varieties! So, Pinot Noir is not nearly the only variety! In particular grapes “do not reproduce true to seed”, that is, the new vine may not be much like its parents. So, in nature, for wild grapes, each season the grapes fall, some of them become new vines, and all of them are essentially new varieties. So, in Europe, when they were interested in grapes and found a wild variety they liked, they learned to take a clipping, get it to put out roots, and then planted that. I can believe much the same for apples and cherries.

  9. ShanaC

    My parents have some garden space to fill. This is perfect. I need to contact this guy

  10. Jim Peterson

    Hi Fred. We will share this week into our network. This effort belongs throughout NewYork- but everywhere else as well.