new: fotess september, johnny appleseed
September 26 marks the 238th birthday of one of the nation's first environmentalists, John Chapman. Children usually learn the Tall Tales version of the life of Johnny Appleseed, but the reality is more interesting than the legend.
He was a true conservationist who believed that it was his duty to live a minimalist existence so as not to waste the earth's resources. He lived his philosophy in many ways, but respect for all races of people caused him to be regarded as a thoughtful person and his respect for animals led him to a vegetarian lifestyle. He was known for buying old horses set for slaughter and putting them out to pasture. Clothing to John Chapman served a practical purpose only and new clothes did not fit with his frugal stewardship of the natural world. His appearance reflected his belief.
Rather than wandering aimlessly planting apple trees as is often stated, he bought large tracts of land where he thought people would be settling and established orchards. He or his agents then sold, bartered or gave away trees, fruit, seeds, and even whole orchards.
This month's swap will be held Johnny Appleseed style. You must be a member of FOTESS to participate. If you are not a member and would like to join please contact Jeanne/sandlapper_rose or Shirley/sjc48 for assistance.
Send your partner 1 of each:
1. Something you have left over from this or a previous year's gardening season. This should be an inexpensive item like purchased seeds you did not sow, a pair of gloves you never got around to using, a package of plant labels, seed envelopes, something you accidentally bought two of, a gardening book you have read and no longer need, a nursery marking pen, a dibber, a package of garden note cards, any small garden related item that is useful or nice to have, but that you just never have gotten around to using or used only gently.
2. An apple themed item. This could be purchased or homemade. Examples would be a division of apple mint, seeds for apple cucumber or mayapple or something else with apple in the name, an apple corer, an apple potholder, a jar of homemade apple jelly, etc. This is a creative group-I am sure you can think of many more.
Sign ups will be until September 7, partner assignments will be posted by September 9, packages should be mailed by September 20 to be sure everyone receives by September 26. You may ship in whatever size container you need as long as you are fulfilling the requirements outlined for what to send and you get and post delivery confirmation. You can use Priority Mail or First Class Mail if your items weigh less than 13 ounces-that's up to you, but DC is not optional.
We'll play two games for appley (okay, not a word) prizes. The first one will take place when we get at last five players not counting myself, the second will start at the end of sign ups.
I hope a lot of you will play this month!