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Please join me in welcoming Michael Judd, author of For the Love of Paw Paws




Read the book review here!

Michael Judd will be hanging out in the forums until October 25th answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Fruit Trees forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email.

The winners will be notified by Purple Moosage and must respond within 24 hours. Only the winners who respond within that timeframe will receive their book. Watch for a PM, and a notice in this thread announcing the winners!


Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Michael Judd's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Michael Judd and make him feel welcome!
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Welcome Michael!  I live paw paws also.  I live in a maritime coastal climate and have 4 paw paws.  They started blooming a year ago. I tried hand pollinating but no success yet.  I have  bears who raid the apple trees in the fall.  I am hoping the paw paws will ripen before bears start thinking of getting fat for the winter.  
 
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Welcome Michael! We look forward to your words of wisdom.  I have fond memories of playing with childhood friends beside a creek and eating paw-paws that grew creekside.
 
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Hi Michael!  

Once upon a time, my wife and I attended one of your permaculture workshops in C-ville That was the very first (and only) time we had ever tried the custardy goodness that is the Paw Paw.  Thanks for the experience!  

Fast forward a few years, and some of the seeds from that very same fruit we ate at your workshop are now trees adorning my mom's backyard.  I'm certainly looking forward to getting more in the coming years.  Thank you for your fruitfulness!
 
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Hi Michael and welcome to Permies! Thank you for taking some time to join us and we're glad you're here!
 
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Hi, Michael. I bought the Kindle edition of your book a few weeks ago and devoured it. About to read it again. Just planted three of them and definitely have questions for you. Welcome!
 
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Michael thanks for coming

This is a topic I will be watching... I'm very interested in paw paws. I'm originally from WV, which helps.

Really I want to know everything I can about them!

This will be fun!
 
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Hellowelcome, I’ve been following you on Instagram , I just recognized your face ! I’m a New Yorker that ended up buying a house in Nashville that has an acre yard that I’m implementing Permaculture design, and was thrilled that pawpaw could be part of that. I would think that NYC would be too harsh for a pawpaw, but what do I know... there is a mature pawpaw visible from the BQE! (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) anyway,
Cheers✨
 
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Ian Young wrote:

I do wonder if paw paws, being understory trees, might be susceptible to some of the common causes of winter damage, like sun scald and desiccating wind. Probably best to give them a protected microclimate if you can. Maybe Michael's book talks about some of this! I think I'll grab a copy; good first-hand information on paw paw cultivation is a little hard to find.


Yes, it does talk about that! As well as everything else I can think of to ask, I was amazed at how thorough it is. Excellent book!
 
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Thank you for taking the time to be with the group, Mr. Judd.  I look forward to reading your posts.
 
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Welcome! I'm so excited to learn more about paw paws. We have tons, but they never seem to fruit, or grow above knee height.
 
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Welcome michael,

I will be watching this conversation.  I had 5 young paw paws at my old house in indiana.  I'm wondering if they'll grow around Ogden, Utah (my new stomping ground).  Still zone 6, but much drier and a bit windier).

Since paw-paws are beetle pollinated, are suitable beetles available most places?
 
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Paw paws and Permies-
Two of my favorites in one place!
Honored to be here, pumped to talk Paw paws.  

Thank you for the gracious and warm welcomes, I’ve been a long time fan of the permies forum.  
 
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Welcome Michael!  Listening to you speak about all things paw-paw has inspired me to plant some trees next spring.  I actually found some fruit this past summer in central VA and am saving the seeds to plant.  

Anyone who would like to delve a little deeper into the world of paw-paws should listen to this recent podcast, which was fascinating by the way!

https://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/2019/1918/
 
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Welcome, Michael!  Looking forward to following along this week.  
 
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[size=12]Hi, I am in San Francisco and also near Baton Rouge. Will they grow there? I never had one but would love to try one. My dad used to sing the Paw Paw song growing up BTW.
 
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Welcome Michael! I just harvested a bunch of pawpaws this week. Love love the scent filling up the air. I look forward to reading your book.
 
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Hi Michael!  Welcome! I love pawpaw but it is hard to get here. I will see if I can get one going.
 
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Welcome Michael! I tried several varieties of Annonaceae this year for the first time, and am super excited that there's a species in this family which may survive in my climate. In fact this week I'm planting a couple of grafted Paw Paw in my yard (I'll post pics & commentary on those in a new thread).
 
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Bethany Fancher wrote: Hellowelcome, I’ve been following you on Instagram , I just recognized your face ! I’m a New Yorker that ended up buying a house in Nashville that has an acre yard that I’m implementing Permaculture design, and was thrilled that pawpaw could be part of that. I would think that NYC would be too harsh for a pawpaw, but what do I know... there is a mature pawpaw visible from the BQE! (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) anyway,
Cheers✨



Aw we are in Nashville as well! Only 1/3 of an acre but the food forest is now in it's second year! Good to know there are other permies in Nashville <3
 
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Thank you for answering questions and hanging out with our community, Michael! We really enjoyed having you here with us!
 
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What's sweeter than a banana and more delicious than a custard? Announcing winners, that's what! (and you thought I was going to say pawpaws--ha!)

Congratulations!

Sena Kassim
Vernon Inverness
Cris Bessette
T.J. Stewart



I'll be sending you each a PM--please respond by Sunday to claim your copy of Michael's wonderful book!

And, huge thanks for Michael for joining us this week, and for creating such an amazing resource about pawpaws!

For those who didn't win, have no fear, you can buy Michael's book HERE!
 
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Oh wow, I'm so excited!  Can't wait to read this book!  Thanks Michael and Permies.com!!!
 
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Thank you so much Michael and Permies.com!  Looking forward to diving into your newest creation and learning from your passion.
 
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