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A youtube channel I've been digging lately is SkillCult.

I stumbled across it looking for info on trailman crabapples. I've mostly been watching his videos on apples and potato onions, but he has videos on a wide variety of homesteading skills.



His videos are pretty high quality, and it appears that he's been releasing them regularly for a while now. It's surprising that he hasn't been getting more views.

One thing I personally enjoy about his videos is that he is mellow without being boring. I enjoy loud, energetic youtubers as well. They do a good job of getting me excited. It seems that the high energy, big personality types are now the norm on youtube so it is refreshing to find someone who's videos are a little more laid back.

He also has a blog, but I haven't done any reading on that yet.
 
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I subscribe to this guy as well. All his videos are interesting and generally educational. I think he spends a lot of time editing them to remove boring bits and dead spots where he's searching for what to say, and it pays off.

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.
 
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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.

 
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In this latest blog post from Steven, he reports on his apple breeding results from this past season and then announces that he is going to need to leave his land and likely end much of his work. That's 15 years of work that has already produced successes, with lots of potential for much more. All of it is about to fizzle out.

If any of you can direct some positive thoughts his way in hopes of turning things around for him, maybe this guy can get back to doing more good things.


http://skillcult.com/blog/2021/9/13/tasting-new-apple-seedlings-for-2021

 
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Michael Helmersson wrote:In this latest blog post from Steven, he reports on his apple breeding results from this past season and then announces that he is going to need to leave his land and likely end much his work. That's 15 years of work that has already produced successes, with lots of potential for much more. All of it is about to fizzle out.

If any of you can direct some positive thoughts his way in hopes of turning things around for him, maybe this guy can get back to doing more good things.


http://skillcult.com/blog/2021/9/13/tasting-new-apple-seedlings-for-2021



Always unfortunate to hear news like this...I'll check out that blog post.  :)

Thanks for the update and for sharing.
 
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First place I saw someone make biochar: Skillcult.

Best axe sharpening videos on YouTube: Skillcult.

Probably the best apple breeding videos on YouTube: Skillcult. (I say probably because they are the only apple videos I've watched, hahaha).


 
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