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|Transactions of the Maine State Pomological Society, for the Year 1889: Including the Proceedings of the Union Winter Meeting Held in Patrons' Hall, ... February 4, 5, and 6, 1890 (Classic Reprint)
by D. H. Knowlton
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It has been a source of pleasure to the writer, as he has hastily reviewed the work of our Society, to note how faithfully its early officers devoted themselves to the interests of fruit culture in this State. Since its organization in 1873, it has been the principal organized agency in the promotion of fruit culture. It has brought fruit growers together, it has spread out before the public beautiful displays of fruits and flowers; but the chief work of the Society has been in the dissemination of a practical knowledge of fruit raising. This knowledge is twofold in its character; on the one hand it has aimed at the raising of fruit as a home luxury - a luxury which every man who controls a foot of ground owes to himself and family; on the other hand it has been the object of the Society to recognize and promote the raising of fruit in our State as one of the most profitable of our agricultural industries. In the early days of our Society there were only local markets for our fruit, the surplus going, as a rule, only so far as Boston and surrounding towns. To-day, in extent and importance, fruit raising has become one of the leading features of Maine farming and not alone are our apples sought for in our home markets, but foreign buyers seek them for shipment to the cities of the old world.
The year 1888 was not generally regarded as a profitable apple year in the State, and yet a small orchard under the shadow of Mt. Blue, where twenty-five years ago few men would have ventured to set trees at all, the industrious owner received over $400 for his apples, and the 1889 crop will net him more than this. Along side this farm are thousands of acres of land which are used only as sheep pastures and woodlots.
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