Partner UofM to develop a new Minneapolis inspired apple tree to then plant in parks and have an annual apple festival.

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  • commented 2017-09-15 13:51:18 -0500
    Although this sounds neat I don’t think it is a viable suggestion as stated. It takes researches many many years to develop an apple. Once developed the variety is patented by the University and growers must pay royalties to the U of M to grow and market the variety. The money raised this way is vital to the continued research at the U. With new varieties like the Sweet Tango the U is also very picky about which farmers are allowed to grow it. After a certain number of years the varieties can become available to anyone. Here’s an article that explains the process a bit more.
    I’m not saying there shouldn’t be apple trees in the park. Just that there’s no reason to develop a new one. Also, growing fruit trees isn’t as easy as growing flowers. They need care by people who know what they are doing.
  • commented 2017-03-16 13:51:44 -0500
    Love it!
  • tagged this with awesome 2017-03-16 13:51:43 -0500