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Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« on: March 21, 2020, 07:26:55 PM »
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
-Attributed to Martin Luther


A few weeks ago, one of our local ranges asked us, "What do you think about Appleseed Park?"

Needless to say, he had my full attention.

Don, the proprietor of Hobbs Island Shooting Range (HISR), was offering Appleseed a bit of land adjacent to the parking areas and the 50m range.  It was a beautiful grassy spot with rich soil, bordering on a farmer's field.  Don suggested we use it a mini park.  A place where we could gather and tell history under some apple trees. 

I stood there dumbfounded.  That's just brilliant!

One of the local orchards (Scott's) was taking pre-orders for dormant trees.  Money was donated locally.  Pickup was today and then we headed to the range.

We got two apple trees planted today, a Granny Smith and an Arkansas black.  Both fruit in early October and these two trees are compatible with pollination.  Soon, we'll add some benches and maybe a picnic table or two.  And a sign saying that this is Appleseed Park.  :)

So don't despair... look for opportunities to advance our Mission.  It might be as simple as planting a tree.  Remember, the seeds we plant in difficult times bear fruit, too.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 07:32:02 PM »
Can't wait to try the cider from those babies!

Just kidding: Granny Smiths are PIE apples.

We ought to try this at all of our favorite haunts.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 07:33:49 PM »
That is awesome!  Way to go!   O0
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 08:03:11 PM »
All I can say is thank you.
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 08:52:45 PM »
I am always impressed with the though everyone puts into appleseed.

Good post, good thoughts.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2020, 09:23:30 PM »
That is a great club that gets the mission. :F
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2020, 09:27:09 PM »
Very nicely done! Love the X RINGS plate.
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2020, 09:48:24 PM »
What a great post! Love the concept.
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2020, 11:19:51 PM »
Greetings All,
In the spirit of this venture, I have a baby Peach Tree that is starting it's second year above ground. Should the opportunity arise to have it transported to your area, I would be honored to donate it to the cause. The tree is the kind that bears peaches with white meat, their wonderful.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2020, 01:18:35 AM »
 What amazing symbolism .This is one of those concepts that could proliferate into mastheads for the mission.       :slap:
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2020, 01:38:45 AM »
Very cool Max!  I saw this on your Facebook page with a very appropriate quote from a friend!


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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2020, 11:33:19 AM »
Awesome idea!
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2020, 01:56:40 PM »
Thank you Don. You are a great friend of Liberty.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2020, 05:47:07 PM »
Now -that's- putting the "Apple" in Appleseed!  In a few years I hope you make a really great pie from it.   I reallly like the idea, and kudos to the range owner for providing the spot.  That's a great gesture.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2020, 10:04:38 PM »
As a former State of Tennessee Forestry Technician,  I can say that you don't generally plant trees for your benefit, but rather for future generations (sound familiar?).  I was just talking with my father today about his yard.  I said that you have to anticipate what you will need in 40 years, not what you need today.
In giving us dominion over the animal kingdom, God has signified His will that we subdue the beast within ourselves.
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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"[T]o preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…"
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2020, 10:06:35 PM »
As a former State of Tennessee Forestry Technician,  I can say that you don't generally plant trees for your benefit, but rather for future generations (sound familiar?).  I was just talking with my father today about his yard.  I said that you have to anticipate what you will need in 40 years, not what you need today.

And that, sir, is what Liberty is about.

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2020, 11:17:13 PM »
That Luther quote is a great one!
If I knew the world was ending today, I would still plant another Appleseedling. 
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2020, 11:18:33 PM »
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2020, 10:26:09 AM »
Very nicely done! Love the X RINGS plate.

If I put those plates on my truck, I know it would be safe from me bumping into stuff.  Since I never seem to be able to hit the Xring   **)
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2020, 02:27:34 PM »
This thread reminds me of this old shirt.
In giving us dominion over the animal kingdom, God has signified His will that we subdue the beast within ourselves.
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2020, 03:23:37 PM »
Dang, I never saw that shirt - I love it!!!
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces... (UPDATE)
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2022, 11:01:53 AM »
A happy update to this story.  We quietly added a couple more trees to Appleseed Park in 2021.

Today, Don sent us a picture of the first apples!  (Thanks, Don and the rest of the HISR crew!)

Always remember - the seeds we plant in difficult times bear fruit, too. 

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2022, 02:33:37 PM »
Thanks for the update. . .

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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2022, 06:29:23 PM »
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this makes me happy....
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Re: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces...
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2022, 10:21:13 AM »
Project Applesauce anyone?  mmmm!
In giving us dominion over the animal kingdom, God has signified His will that we subdue the beast within ourselves.
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, 1775

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