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Re: Iris Grower


From: Denise Stewart <stewartd@proaxis.com>

I will look forward to visiting next year:)
Densie



At 10:22 AM 9/5/98 -0700, you wrote:
>From: "James T. Leifer" <iristg@stjohntelco.com>
>
>Denise, don't know where in Oregon that is, but you're welcome anytime but
>our bloom season is Mid-May to Mid-June.  We're at the same age -- it is
>tough, right!
>Our girls are 11 & 13 -- they are responsible enough to be out there by
>themselves and do the job!  They've had to do it for years and they know
>how to work.  We've got great kids!  
>
>
>----------
>> From: Denise Stewart <stewartd@proaxis.com>
>> To: iris-talk@onelist.com
>> Subject: [iris-talk] Re: Iris Grower
>> Date: Saturday, September 05, 1998 10:17 AM
>> 
>> From: Denise Stewart <stewartd@proaxis.com>
>> 
>> Janet, at least you can find some kids to help you, as around here unless
>> the kids are working on parents farm, have found most to be of the GIMME
>> generation.  I work hard, at my nursery and when I hire our Min. wage in
>OR
>> is 6.00 and I pay that and work right beside them and I'm 54 and the last
>2
>> hired I outworked with...so it is wonderful that you can still help by
>> hiring kids, as part of the countries problems with children today is not
>> allowing them to work younger and learn the value of the dollar...I wish
>I
>> could come and visit your place...
>> Denise in Lebanon, OR
>> 
>> 
>> At 09:13 AM 9/5/98 -0700, you wrote:
>> >From: "James T. Leifer" <iristg@stjohntelco.com>
>> >
>> >Yes, it is the very same garden.  We started working with Austin Morgan
>> >approximately 10 years ago.  We were looking for another enterprise to
>> >supplement our wheat farming.  We purchased several hundred varieties
>from
>> >Austin and planted them in the fertile soil of the Palouse country to
>see
>> >if they would even grow in our climate and soil.  They FLOURISED!!!! 
>> >Several years later Austin had a stroke and his wife asked if we would
>> >consider buying everything.  When she said "everything" -- it also meant
>> >the quack grass, morning glory and Canadian thistles that had infested
>> >their beds of iris.  It was an awful backbreaking job!!!  We transferred
>> >the garden 100 miles and now years later have a beautiful garden.  We
>> >dryland farm and very seldom have to water -- maybe once a year after
>> >they're established.  We also purchased another garden three years ago. 
>
>> >
>> >Austin is doing as well as he can.  He wanted his "dream" of life to
>> >continue and we're trying to do that for him.  Sometimes we wish we were
>a
>> >little "younger" as this is a hard job.  We have smaller kids, but we're
>> >like grandparent age -- our kids, thank goodness, are great workers.  In
>> >our small community we're also considered a "community service" as we
>> >sometimes hire 12 - 14 year old kids to help us (and yes, paying above
>> >minimum wage!) and work beside us.  Seldom are children able to find
>jobs
>> >to learn the "value of working!"  
>> >
>> >This entire operation has been a good experience however and we've
>learned
>> >alot and grown closer together as a family -- you'd have to!  When we
>talk
>> >to Austin next time I'll have to tell him that he's remembered by many. 
>> >He'll like that!  Janet
>> >
>> >----------
>> >> From: Sterling Okase <sterling_o@hotmail.com>
>> >> To: iris-talk@onelist.com
>> >> Subject: [iris-talk] Re: Iris Grower
>> >> Date: Saturday, September 05, 1998 8:21 AM
>> >> 
>> >> From: "Sterling Okase" <sterling_o@hotmail.com>
>> >> 
>> >> 
>> >> >From: "James T. Leifer" <iristg@stjohntelco.com>
>> >> >
>> >> >OT-BIO  Iris Test Garden - Jim and Janet Leifer Family
>> >>  
>> >> >We own and operate Iris Test Garden in the Palouse Country of 
>> >> Southeastern
>> >> >Washington State.  We began our operation approximately 9 years ago
>and
>> >> >purchased an established garden.  
>> >> 
>> >> Welcome to the list Janet. You should be able to find lots and lots of
>
>> >> helpful information here.
>> >> 
>> >> The name of your garden has made me curious. There has been a garden 
>> >> named Iris Test Gardens for a number of years in your area. It was 
>> >> originally run by the Maxwell family in the 50s and 60s in Yakima , 
>> >> Washington. I believe they sold it to someone else and until just 
>> >> recently, it was run by Austin Morgan in College Place, Washington. 
>> >> Would this be the same garden? If so, what ever happened to Austin?
>> >> 
>> >> Iris Maniac,
>> >> Sterling (not Innerst)
>> >> Seattle, WA. Zone 8
>> >> AIS, KCIS, HIPS and MIS
>> >> sterling_o@hotmail.com
>> >> 
>> >> 
>> >>
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