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Heritage, Rare and Unusual Fruit Group Society WA

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Charles cant spell starts with ...
Hi Folks,

I am looking to launch or support a Heritage/Rare Fruit Growers and Enthusiasts Group for WA. I know there are experts here like Jimmy so I guess I would like any support or assistance people can offer.

The group if there isn't one already would be co-run with the new Permaculture Association WA Seed And Plant Bank. We have had lots of requests for such a group and everyone here knows the importance of Heritage Varieties, New Varieties and other fruits that are very rare, about to die out, or even just currently not available to be shipped to WA.
I have put out some feelers to the various Eastern state and SA societies and a few prominent WA people to try and find the information and people needed to make this group effective.

As I said any support, information, contacts that anyone can provide would be very much appreciated.
You can contact me on charlesotwayAThotmail.com if you prefer.

Many Thanks in Advance.
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Charlesstillcantspell1
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Itdepends says...
There use to be one- West Australian Nut and Tree Crop Association- it folded in the late nineties?? due to lack of membership.

You used to be able to see their yearbooks online- they appear to be no longer available on the WANTCA websiet (defunct links).

Looks like you can still see copies of their year books in libraries though
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/21494438?q=subject%3A%22West+Australia%22&c=book#

Would be worth reviewing to find contacts, previous issues, events etc.
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Charles cant spell says...
Hahaha good work doing exactly that at the moment. I have one of the year books saved somewhere. Apparently I need to talk to Dr Henry Esbenshade, so I will see if a few of the emails are still valid.

Any more ideas ?
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Charlesstillcantspell1
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12th September 2010 9:46pm
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Jimmy says...
I was gonna recomend WANACTA as the former ideal, but 'it depends" jumped in.

They claim when they shut was that the interent replaced the need for such a society.

I have been down to David Noels place at Dwellingup and its a pretty run down joint and was for sale (still is?).

The critical mass to get a society going is the problem.

The SA rare fruit has some good info, and is well worth a look.
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Brad says...
WANATCA as I understood it (I wasn't around at the time) were quite serious (commercial) growers, often looking at new ventures and research. Their old website is no longer active, but webarchive can be an awesome thing:
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.wanatca.org.au

WA library search on WANATCA turns up at most 25 items
Curtin 2 UWA 1 Murdoch 20 State Library of WA 2

My view (i.e. if more people were like me (shudder to think)), is that WA needs a link organisation for AGricWA, DAFWA, nurserymen, consultants etc and the general public who want to grow edible stuff you can't get at bunnings. Orchard owners / larger ventures can sit in both camps - teach/use backyard people and separately gain similar benefit by identifying commercial help available.

Drink em up events, tours of orchards, info nights etc which allow networking plus a decent internet presence will achieve more than only the latter.

For example: I want to grow some different apples. I'm not fussed if its some rare (for WA) old types, or some new trial ones. On this forum, we organise in shipments of plants to reduce quarantine and shipping hassles. There's a grape order in the pipe-line because someone mentioned a variety and we had to order in batches of 12 (or whatever)

I'd like to have an organisation that lets me and 20 other people chew the fat of our ideas and figure out how to share.

Here's another example, if an orchard brings in 100 trees to trial a variety, why not partner with a nursery to evaluate them for backyards by putting it in 5 people's hands?

you get the idea.
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Brad says...
add schools to my list
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Edwin@WA says...
Hi Charles,
I am interested in your idea of a new association. Am almost a novice but love exotic fruit trees.

Regards,
Edwin
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Fabian says...
Hello can you contact Fabian yarranf2002@yahoo.com.au I am looking for soursop trees or leaves 0458499025 thank you
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Julie W says...
Fabian, there are already soursop threads. You would get more response if you posted in one of those.

Type in 'soursop' in the box at top right hand corner.

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blossom says...
I am interested :)
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