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Posted by Kevin Frank 
regional groups
June 09, 2019 07:00PM
Spraying first clay spray of the season. When I spray I wonder how are others doing right now in my climate or region. I think that unlike FB private groups, I have no way to identify (via the HON channel) who is in my region or climate or sub interest group. HON is a wonderful thing but local conversation often blooms into something less limited when there is a local-ness and familiarity to the folks conversing. HON spans a vast geographical and levels of expertise spectrum.

Michael: Would there be a way to invite those interested to be identified for purposes of a sub group discussion means based on local issues and local experiences?

What a day to spray. Almost no wind, warm and sunny. Hope someone else is having a similar feeling as they wipe wash off white clay from sunglasses, boots, arms and hands and spray rig.

Kevin Frank
Holderness, NH

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/09/2019 07:05PM by Michael Phillips.
Re: regional groups
June 09, 2019 07:37PM
The way I plug into local perspective here in this forum is by taking note of where growers are by means of their signature. Thus attached to this reply you find that I am in Zone 4 in New Hampshire. Plus there's a link to my grower profile on my orchard name . . . which too many network members have not taken advantage to set up. The private message feature is one way to contact someone in your neck of the woods for direct feedback.

I know what you are asking, Kevin. Groups can be set up within the phorum software. It's not my inclination to go there, however, as it's not like any one of these discussions gets overwhelmed by far too many contributors. Are there growers thinking they might finally get involved if discussions were regional? I'll certainly listen to what all folks have to say about this. Keep in mind you can also narrow the base response by posting in Just Talk: "2019 clay spray timing in Zone 4" or something like that. My preference is the cumulative perspective, where we take the broader topic of "clay spray timing" and keep building on that knowledge base year after year.

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire
Re: regional groups
April 28, 2020 05:19AM
I have had an extended conversation with someone local to me on a Facebook post that Michael made. I really like connecting with local growers. One that I met virtually here on HON has visited our orchard and we have visited his, and shared scion this winter. The questions that came from the FB post could have been answered by a search of this forum, which I strongly encouraged! But there is great fun in local camaraderie, meeting other growers in person and sharing fruit growing stuff. Maybe a post somewhere that says: Hey all you folks in Western WA, who is interested in a meet up to talk about our local growing challenges?

Vista Ridge Orchard
Zone 8a in Washington
235 Cider and heritage apple trees, 72 varieties,
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