Area Specialized Agent, IPM
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
On Oct 30, 1:41pm, Betsy Levy wrote:
> Subject: Academics vs. growers?
> I'd like to throw out a dispassionate comment about exchanges on this list.
> I occasionally see postings from growers looking for input on their work,
> and also similar "fishing" postings from less knowledgeable people (myself
> included) which are responded to in a spirit that seems to imply that
> growers are separate from academics and never the twain shall meet. A
> recent exchange about a disease on sweet potato met with an academic's
> response referring the poster to his local extension service, but I saw no
> grower responses. I posted something about controlling pill bugs
> organically and got no response except from someone who thought the
> question was somehow very naive and not something I should have asked a
> national network of organic growers, because of the diversity of their
> growing conditions! I don't get it - why this assumption that informal
> networking over the back fence isn't a legitimate means of information
> exchange among the sustainable ag _community_? Haven't people talked up the
> internet as having just that potential on a national scale? How many
> growers actually subscribe and participate on this list? This stuff really
> interests me! any comments?
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