Video of the Eugene Prop Fair and thoughts on varietal data
Here's 1.30 mins of the Eugene Propagation Fair. A far, far more modest event than HOS Portland but, as you can see, busy. And which includes a seed exchange and distribution of native plants.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kck9GcEnvIc
See if you can spot Shaun Shepherd's hands.
We also endeavor to attach a written description to each scion variety, where we know what we have in our hands. We are now in our second year of building the database (or rather, I should say, the online spreadsheets which allow us to write long varietal descriptions as well as the more concise varietal descriptions which we print out and attach to the scion containers) and those spreadsheets are viewable through our website, here:http://springpropagationfair.com/fruit-varieties-at-the-fair/
It gets easier by the year, obviously, as we don't have to redo the data from the previous year. (I used to write every description by hand, every year, goodness)
Surprising, isn't it, how difficult it can be to find a good go-to place for truly reliable varietal descriptions? I'm thinking it would be absolutely terrific if there was an online venue for peeps to add their own impressions and experience around particular varieties. George Barton's input about the relative performance of Asian Pears in the PNW, in our pear spreadsheet, is a classic example of the value of this kind of resource.
Certainly, if anyone is interested in adding to these particular spreadsheets, the info in which could always be extremely easily ported to a more sophisticated online iteration in future, please do let me know and I'll grant you editing access. Either way, I'm thinking about evolving this particular 'database' with an easy input form. We could easily set one up for free in an afternoon using google forms, with a spreadsheet back end with the ability to graphically represent all sorts of data, for example. This is a project we could readily pull off for no charge at all.
Either way, it strikes me an online varietal database makes enormous sense and would provide a fantastic means for HOS members to collaborate in ways which will serve the cause of fruit for generations. A place we could include geotags for locations of specific varieties, for example, should we choose, and so on and so forth. The possibilities are endless. Is there anyone curious in chatting further about such a project?