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The Bounty of Sonoma County ~ Luther Burbank ~ Beyond Grapevines JOKES & Humor # 2 By Jo Diaz of Gyserville, CA. ~ email@example.com
hose of us who live in Sonoma wine coun- try are familiar with Luther
Burbank, if only because of our al- lergies. This is the place where Luther Burbank settled and went on to cross breed so many new plants that
count is through the roof. Mean- while, nearly ev- eryone in the US has benefited from Burbank’s experiments. Here’s a snap- shot, which explains a bit about the Bounty of our Sonoma County. As the thirteenth of fif- teen children, Luther Burbank was born on March 7, 1849, in Lancaster, Mas- sachusetts. Luther Burbank in
Green Valley at his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm Luther Burbank is con- sidered to be the hid- den gem of Sebastopol, California residents. The Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Experiment Farm is a living museum, where the plant breeder of his era created many of his contributions. It was 10 years after ar- riving in California that Luther Burbank bought the 18-acre Gold Ridge Farm, on Bodega Ave- nue in Sebastopol, Cali- fornia, in 1885. He was needing more space for his experiments, and this location seemed to be ideal. At any one time, he was known to have as many as 3,000 ex- periments underway. He would bicycle from Santa Rosa to Se- bastopol, an eight-mile journey in one direction, and stay at his farm two to three nights every week. In this country setting, Luther Burbank worked tire- lessly from dawn to dusk. He
continued to conduct many of his experimental introductions of over 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegeta- bles, nut trees, and grains. It was in the time
of his Green Valley Gold Ridge farm days that Burbank’s fame really took off. With his 1893’s New Creations in Fruits and Flowers plant catalog, word began to circulate. With subsequent
ones continuing his success, the name of Luther Burbank was well on its way. Word of mouth from satisfied custom- ers, as well as media stories that were written about him,
was that Burbank was not a sci- entific academic in the meth- ods he used for hybridization. No one told Andrew Carnegie what to do, however, when he was on a mission, and Carn- egie was on a mission. It was Carnegie who wrote an article entitled, The Gospel of Wealth. This story described the re- sponsibility of philanthropy by this new upper class of self- made, rich industrial pioneers of the time. Carnegie proposed that the best way of dealing with the new phenomenon of wealth inequality that was cre- ated, was for the wealthy to re- distribute their surplus means in a responsible and thoughtful manner. What Luther Burbank was
doing to increase the world’s food supply fit Carnegie’s criterion, and he support- ed this important bota- nist. Other industrialist luminaries were similarly drawn to Luther Burbank. For instance, Thomas Ed- ison and Henry Ford also became Burbank friends, with both men having visited Burbank at his Santa Rosa home; as well as Jack London, Edgar Lucien Larken, Harvey Firestone, Helen Keller, President Taft, and John, Muir.
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kept him in the news through- out the first decade of the century. From 1904 through 1909, Burbank’s efforts were then personally supported by Andrew Carnegie, who also involved his Carnegie Institu- tion. Burbank received several grants from Carnegie, against the consult of Carnegie advis- ers at the time. Their objection
nanda, a friend and ad- mirer, wrote in his Auto- biography of a Yogi: His [Luther Burbank] heart was fathomlessly deep, long acquainted with hu- mility, patience, sacrifice.
His little home amid the roses was austerely simple; he knew the worthlessness of luxury, the joy of few possessions. The modesty with which he wore his scientific fame repeatedly reminded me of the trees that bend low with the burden of ripening fruits; it is the barren tree that lifts its head high in an empty boast.
“The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.” ~ Steve Maraboli
Burbank considered Sonoma County as the chosen place on earth to grow and experiment with plants, that would come to benefit mankind, with of his most important experiment, be- ing conducted in Green Valley at his experimental Gold Ridge farm.
Luther Burbank’s Legacy In 1903, at the opening meet- ing of the American Breeders’ Association in St. Louis, Mis- souri, Burbank was unani- mously elected to honorary membership. From Luther Burbank’s Plant Contributions, by Walter L. Howard, University of Califor- nia, Bulletin 691, March 1945 Introduced by Luther Burbank POTATO: ‘Burbank’ FRUITS: 113 Plums and Prunes, 10 Dif- ferent Apples, 16 Blackberries, 13 Raspberries, 10 Strawber-
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