Amateur Apple Breeding Video Series Launched!
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Yay! The apple breeding video series is off the ground! I really wanted to get it launched this year because I made a lot of pollinations this time around, and I’m not sure how many more years I’ll be doing it.
The first two videos are published . They are basically the same video in two parts, of me talking about why I’m breeding apples and basically why I think more people should breed plants, apple breeding history, along with some gentle ranting (only had to bleep out one %$#*& word! Pat me on the head). The next videos will be thoughts on selecting parents and then onto the fun part, the first how to segment which is on pollination. The pollination segment is mostly done, and I think it really turned out beautifully with my new drastically improved video capabilities. (BTW, I will most gladly accept any donations of old manual film camera lenses to further expand those capabilities. I think I’ve bought every 5.00 junk store camera lens in Ukiah already! :D I can adapt nearly any older lens from any brand to my Sony NEX 5 camera. The manual lenses have better focus rings, and often smoother zoom than modern lenses, which can be useful for video… and they’re cheap.)
The concept of this series is to follow the entire breeding process starting from pollination, for many years onward, until those specific crosses bear fruit, and likely beyond that as the fruit is assessed over a number of years to see if it is worth naming and propagating. Also, we’ll be following my progress with the whole project which is around 4 years in right now. I made my first pollinations in spring 2011, so I may get lucky and have some fruit as early as next year. One of my first seedlings is actually fruiting now, but it is just an open pollinated seedling of Wickson from my friends at The Apple Farm near here, so the pollen parent of that one is unknown.
In order to keep to my usual lower frequency/higher content posting, I won’t be posting all the updates here. I believe that if you have a google account of any kind, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel for updates. If I get up to 500 subscribers, I can change my youtube user name/URL, which I will need to do pretty soon when I implement whatever plans I settle on for changing up my websites and youtube channels. I know, I’ve been saying I’m going to do that for years, but it’s coming, for reals… someday, hopefully soon, when I get it “right”. My main goal with this video series to is to continue to incite creativity and deeper participation in what we are growing and eating, so please share so I can corrupt more people! mwaahhhahahahhhaaa…
Thank you all so much for your many comments over the years, and just for being an audience for me. So without further delay…
And for those of you interested in such things, which I imagine are quite a few, I also just started a series that follows the making of high grade Hide Glue from a large bull skin. Parts 2 and three should be out soon. This is a sort of follow along and learn as you go type of thing, released as separate videos as I go through the various steps. The hide glue will eventually be for sale, probably on the Etsy Paleotechnics account.
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