Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
Annual report of secretary, pp. 58-62 PDF (1.3 MB)
58 FIurY-FuRST ANNuAL REPORT OF not be content to say, we are trading potatoes or butter and cheese for our apples, but instead should encourage in every way the development of the almost untouched horticultural resources of our state. We must also pause in our commercialism and consider the in- terests of the amateur. This is not only a very important divi- sion of horticulture, but it is from the ranks of the amateur that we get our recruits for the army of commercial growers. In common with other industries we have bad and are still re- ceiving much valuable support from the state, and our labors in the past have amply justified this support; but we must not rest, we will labor on until the products of our chosen branch of agri- culture shall reach a prominent place among tie industries of our state. The field of useful endeavor for our Society is now larger than at any former period in its history. The subject of rural planning has had some attention from our Society, but is worthy of much more attention than we have been able to give it. I trust that we may renew our efforts in this direction and continue the work until we can point to a few living examples as a result of our influence.o While there are no available statistics regarding the amount of fruit consumed within our state, we do know that this consump- tion might be increased many fold at great advantage to our peo- ple, if its re al vlue as food was a matter of common knowledge. The dissemination of this knowledge by our Society would serve to benefi t n only the producer but the consumer. * ~ANNUAL REPORT OF SECRETARY FKEnUEiIC CRANEFIELD The year just behind us has been a satisfactory one to all con- cerned with rticulourefwhether amateur or professionaL So far as the commercial grower is concerned, a good season, good crops and good prices, a combination rarely experienced, should give encouragement and satisfaction. It is probably true that the period embracing the years 191s- 1920 was the most satisfactory ever eaxperienced by Wisconsin gardeners and fruit growers so far as crops and prices were con- cerned. If, then, it happens that we are to face a period of lower prices and weaker markets we should meet it with fortitude and as near as may be possible without complaint. The back yard garden movement, which received such a stimu- lus in 1917 and 1918, has not seriously affected the market gar- deners. In fact, I am of the opinion that a cose examination of the situation would show that it has helped themr.
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