Wisconsin Agricultural Experimental Association / Sixth annual report of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association : Madison Wis., February 6, 7, 1908. Address of president, secretary's report with papers and addresses given by members of the association and others interested in progressive agriculture
Hanchett, W. H.
Horticultural opportunities afforded in the state to members of the Wisconsin Experiment Association, pp. 12-14 PDF (641.1 KB)
Sixth Annual Report of the HORTICULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED IN THE STATE TO MEMBERS OF THE WISCONSIN EXPERIMENT ASSOCIATION. W. R. HANCHIETT, SPARTA, MONROE COUNTY. When we speak of Horticultural Opportunities I have no doubt but the thoughts of a large portion of this audience fly away to the sunnier climes of California or the gulf states, or protected Michigan; and when we intimated that there are horti- cultural opportunities offered right here in Wisconsin that are worthy of the consideration of the members of this intelligent Association you feel the waves of skepticism creeping into your minds and you recall the many times that the wily Tree Tramp with his book of beautifully colored plates has inveigled you into parting with your hard earned dollars for a few worthless novelties at exorbitant prices, but as you have attained the necessary intelligence to become a member of this organization we are not without hope that you have learned better business methods and that you have so far learned to sift the wheat from the chaff that you will recognize a good thing when you find it and reject all else. While the field of horticultural opportunity may not be as broad in Wisconsin as it is in more favored locations it is broad enough so that every member of this Association who owns a farm -home may profit thereby to a greater or less ex- tent. To those who do not care to attempt anything in this line as a commercial venture there always remains the opportunity to beautify the home surroundings by the judicious planting of shade and ornamental trees and shrubs, and the supplying the home table with fresh fruits and vegetables from their own gardens thus adding to the beauty of their home surroundings and increasing the joy of the home people. This is an opportunity that all should embrace, and it fre- quently occurs that where a thorough going farmer such as the members of this Association are supposed to be, plants and cares for fruits and vegetables with the primary object the supplying of the needs of his own household that he learns as by accident from the surplus of a fruitful year which he is able to dispose of to his less provident neighbors that the land 12
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