Peter Paulson wrote:I think he got some attention in past threads about growing apples from seed - maybe even some about grafting lots and lots of varieties to one tree.
It's unfortunate that Steven Edholm and Skillcult haven't gotten more traction here on Permies. I've been following his work with apple breeding for a while and he really is doing some cool stuff. He's debunked the myth about apple seeds being like lottery tickets by selectively targeting desired traits of various cultivars and crossing them together to generate new varieties that combine those characteristics. He is also confronting the big corporation apple goliath that wants you to believe that the best apple you'll ever eat is one that is most profitable to them. The apple industry selects apple varieties based on criteria such as appearance on store shelves and ability to survive long distance transport. Why are we leaving apple breeding to big corporations when the apples that we really want are ones they consider unsuitable?
If anyone is interested in this kind of thing, he has a lot of instructional videos and blog posts at skillcult.com to assist you and he sells seeds, scion wood and pollen at very reasonable prices.