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Old 12-28-2009, 06:50 PM
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Default An Orchard at the Edge of the Country



I joined earlier today and wanted to post a basic introduction. My name is John and Iíve lived for the last 15 years in a little village on an island off the Maine Coast called Vinalhaven. Iím a biotech recruiter professionally, however was fortunate enough a few years back to be able to buy a wonderful 16 acre parcel of farmland on the mainland (in the town of Union) where I began an heirloom fruit orchard.

My long-term plans are to graft and grow and nurture a collection of 2,500 heirloom fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, medlars and jujubes) which will become an early retirement for me in another 12 years or so. Itís been a challenge trying to get an orchard off the ground living 1 hr 20 min away by boat plus an additional 25 minutes away by car. Iíve managed to make some good progress, but the learning curve has been steep.

My plans for 2010 are to sell my house on the island, to break ground next Fall at the orchard for a terrific little cottage I recently had designed, and to step into a lifestyle thatís as self-sufficient, eco-friendly, sustainable and biodynamic as possible, where Iím dependent on few external things, especially utilities. The cottage will be built like a fortress and will probably withstand the Second Coming. It will be so well-insulated and air-tight that it will require only around 12,500 BTUs to heat in the dead of a cold Maine winter. I'm quite excited about it. It will also have a couple of small root cellars beneath it (different conditions for different things) where I plan to store all of the riches from my land that Iíve either grown, raised, canned and/or preserved.

Iíve joined this forum because I have a feeling Iím amongst a group of kindred spirits who can identify with what Iím doing and who can offer feedback, insight, suggestions and even support, having already done many of the things themselves that now lay ahead for me.

Seasons Greetings from a large, beautiful rock off the Maine Coast.




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Old 12-28-2009, 06:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum!!!

Must be you like chile peppers too!?

Do you grow Stomboli and/or Etna?

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Welcome to the forum!!!

Must be you like chile peppers too!?

Do you grow Stomboli and/or Etna?

~Martin
Thanks, Martin.

I grow Stromboli, Etna, Peperoni di Senise, Piccante di Cayenna, Piment d'Espelette Basque and Pimientos de Padron.

You either really know your chiles, or you must know me from another forum. Which is it?


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Old 12-28-2009, 07:29 PM
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Thanks, Martin.

I grow Stromboli, Etna, Peperoni di Senise, Piccante di Cayenna, Piment d'Espelette Basque and Pimientos de Padron.

You either really know your chiles, or you must know me from another forum. Which is it?


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I'm a student of chiles.

Would you happen to have connections in Italy to obtain varieties from Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard?

http://www.stuard.it/page.asp?IDCate...2978&ID=311577

There are some cultivars I'm interested in for breeding work.

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:37 PM
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I'm a student of chiles.

Would you happen to have connections in Italy to obtain varieties from Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard?

http://www.stuard.it/page.asp?IDCate...2978&ID=311577

There are some cultivars I'm interested in for breeding work.

~Martin
That's very cool, Martin. Glad to see another chilehead on here.

Unfortunately, I don't have any connections in Italy from which to obtain the varieties you're after. What happens when you contact the AASS directly? Have you scoured the holdings at the Seed Savers Exchanges for the varieties you're trying to get? Have you had any success growing Bhut Jolokia?


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What happens when you contact the AASS directly? No response. Have you scoured the holdings at the Seed Savers Exchanges for the varieties you're trying to get? Yes, I'm a Seed Saver's Exchange member. The cultivars I'm interested in are not available through SSE. Have you had any success growing Bhut Jolokia? Yes, but long season chile's are not my focus. I let my friends grow them. The Bhuts that I've grown out were well started greenhouse plants from a friend.

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Martin,

If I were you, I'd be getting in touch with a few places here in the States who import seeds from Italy and seeing whether they can help or point you in the right direction. Good chance they'll speak Italian, too:
http://www.growitalian.com/

http://www.italianseedandtool.com/

http://www.seedsofitaly.com/
Let me know what happens, would ya?


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Hi there. I've read some of your posts over at Homesteadingtoday.com
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Hey there. Thanks for saying hello.


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Hi DIAV

I met ya on SS forum.

Enjoy backwoods!
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I met ya on SS forum.

Enjoy backwoods!

Hey there, FarmerChick

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just hanging out and trying to catch up on tons of threads in this new site..LOL

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