Ryan, this is a great idea.
To introduce myself, I always dabbled in gardening but I’m new to fruit growing. My apple, quince, cherry and apricot trees are in their second year. I also have more figs than I know what to do with, and a couple of kaki persimmons. Adding a hybrid persimmon this year.
I will also be propagating some American persimmon and pawpaw seeds, as well as some peach seeds that I poached from under a very productive neighborhood tree. While I can try to fit one or two additional trees on my lot, most of those pawpaw and American persimmon seedlings will be destined for guerilla planting and/or trade/giveaway.
I also grow assorted veggies (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cukes) and herbs (too many to list). Trying my hand at grafting for the first time this year.
My intermediate future dream (in five years or so) is to acquire one of those city lots in Pittsburgh that are too narrow to build on, plop a tiny house on it and habe an urban farm extension. There are several of those on the Northside and I’ve always been a fan.
Fran, I used to live in your neck of the woods in Brighton Heights. Great neighborhoods that are very bike-friendly. Those pawpaws look impressive! I’m yet to taste one. We hike in McConnell Mill a lot and I never knew there was a fall festival.
Jason, great to hear that gooseberries and currants are working for you. One of my currants died last summer. I am adding more this spring but had concerns that it might be too hot for them here.
Ed, I’d definitely be up for visiting and maybe trading some figs, if you’re up for it. Masks and distancing and all, for sure. Hopefully, if and when this pandemic mess is over, we all could do an annual or semi-annual (spring and fall) seed/plant swap meet. I’d be happy to host one.