Posts Tagged ‘Washington State’


John (Appleseed) Chapman’s Fruitful Eccentricity

This post is excerpted from a longer article by Don Ricks published in the Seattle Tree Fruit Society’s Urban Scion Post:

John Chapman (the original and real Johnny Appleseed) roamed Ohio in the early 1800′s and helped pave the way for the future western migration and colonization of settlers into what was then the frontiers of Ohio and Indiana.

Chapman was deeply religious.  A devout Christian, he was in fact a mystical Swedenborgian Christian, someone who might prefer to preach rather than to plant . . but did a lot of both.  He roamed the woods in stark clothes, slept outside, and was a marginalized character in a marginal frontier society.  He didn’t marry, although marriage was considered a necessary religious state to Swedenborgians.

Chapman believed grafting to be immoral and was concerned that apple trees shouldOldest Apple Tree come purely from seed.  As a result, he contributed much to genetic diversity and to apples that were fit for cider, maybe hard cider, but not apples that could match the sweetness of today’s eating apples.


Oldest apple tree in Washington State, Ft Vancouver, WA.

Great News in the News!

Two radio shows caught my ears today and got the urbanist in me all excited! The first one describes taking urban agriculture and city orchards to a new level, there is a group in London that has created The Urban Wine Company. Just as City Fruit is creating an urban orchard, they are creating an urban vineyard. As cities like London are getting to be warmer and warmer, there are better chances of successfully growing decent for wine making. This March was the debut of Chateau Tooting! Here in Seattle, we have a lot of wonderful winemakers, but the majority of them get their grapes from Washington State’s fabulous grape growing regions.

The second story was on PRI’s The World and talked about Ottawa’s urban farmers..

Check out both these stories: they are energizing.


Farmer Rebel Comes to Seattle

An article in the newsletter of PCC Farmland Trust gives information on getting tickets to see Joe Salatin, the farmer who has led, by example, the revolution against farming, and eating, industrially. Here in Washington State, we have a similar farming family doing the same thing near Walla Walla: Thundering Hooves…check out their website for finding and buying ethically grown and slaughtered meat.