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Mass wants to ban kiwi
« on: January 09, 2017, 12:17:01 PM »
Our state wants to ban kiwi. Apparently it has shown to be invasive in only 3 places. In addition, this is likely yo lead to it being banned in all new england states ..

https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Permaculture/boards/view/viewthread?thread=50498263

"Dr. Iago Hale, Assistance Professor of Speciality Crop Improvement at UNH, has issued a CALL TO ACTION in response to a proposal from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resource to place hardy kiwi on the restricted/prohibited plant list for the state. Comments must be made in person at the hearing on January 10 or emailed by 5 PM on the 10th. See his letter for further details."

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https://paradiselotblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/call-to-action-hardy-kiwi-may-be-illegal-to-grow-in-new-england/


The Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG) has voted to designate a locally-produced species of kiwifruit (Actinidia arguta; a.k.a. the kiwiberry) as “likely invasive” in the state and has petitioned to have it added to the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources (MADR) statewide prohibited plant list – on questionable grounds, according to Dr. Iago Hale, assistant professor of specialty crop improvement at the University of New Hampshire. Such an unprecedented listing of a commercialized fruit crop will, says Hale, prohibit Massachusetts farmers from growing kiwiberries, a low-input perennial specialty crop with a profit value exceeding $20,000/acre; and will deny Massachusetts residents the ability to buy kiwiberries from their grocery stores and farmers’ markets, even if the berries are produced out of state. Much of the evidence provided by MIPAG in this case is anecdotal or speculative, says Hale, adding that in many instances the claims are false.


 If hardy kiwi is banned in Massachusetts there is a reasonable probability that all New England States will also restrict the cultivation and sale of this fruit.


 As of 2017 Stephen Breyer at Tripple Brook Farm has a 30 year old kiwi vine that is at the top of a 100 year old maple tree. A wild concord grape is smothering the kiwi vine and killing it. Grape vines are sooooo invasive😉

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http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit/news/2013/hardy-kiwifruit-invasive-plant-or-throwback-to-the-gilded-age

In 2012, the Massachusetts Audubon Society published an Invasive Plant Pest Alert on hardy kiwifruit, Actinidia arguta, also called "tara vine", strongly urging people not to grow or propagate this plant. The apparently rampant growth of vines had been documented at three particular locations. These sites stand in marked contrast to observations of the behavior of commercial and research plantings in PA, OR, MN, NY, ME and many other locations, where planted specimens have stayed in place and seedlings have extremely rarely germinated from fallen berries.

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Re: Mass wants to ban kiwi
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2017, 12:28:14 PM »
send response to the state, (mine at bottom)

http://www.unh.edu/halelab/kiwiberry/MIPAG_Call_to_Action_Jan1.pdf

before the January 10 deadline
(5 PM) for written public
comments, please email Taryn LaScola
(Taryn.LaScola@state.ma.us)
and request that MDAR not include
the kiwiberry on its list of prohibited plants:


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Dear Taryn,

 I understand MDAR is considering making kiwi and invasive plant. The
evidence about this is entirely faulty on many levels and I am against
it as well as the state losing all credibility by doing things of this
sort

 - Massachusetts resident of the western suburbs

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Re: Mass wants to ban kiwi
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 03:57:19 PM »
Lee Reich:

http://www.leereich.com/2015/05/more-pruning-an-invasive.html

Hardy kiwifruit has not been banned anywhere, but in 2012 Massachusetts Audubon Society published an Invasive Plant Pest Alert strongly urging people not to grow or propagate this plant. Their statement was based on apparently rampant growth that was documented at two sites in Massachusetts and one in New York.

    The findings don’t jive with the good behavior of numerous vines that have graced gardens, as ornamentals, in Eastern U.S. since the late 1800s. Perhaps most of those planting included only female or only male plants, in which case no viable seeds would be produced, although the vines could also have spread by climbing trees or rooting where they touch ground under the right conditions.

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/09/the-hardy-kiwi-scourge-savior-for-new-england-farmers/tNFY9Fem1qyamVHPoU2alK/story.html

Berry evangelists call the “hardy kiwi” the fruit of the future, a grape-sized burst of sweet green flesh that will one day join its fuzzier and more famous cousin in the produce aisle of the supermarket.

But the smooth-skinned berry, the product of a fast-growing vine brought from Japan to Massachusetts in 1877, may never make it to a fruit salad near you.

State agricultural officials consider the obscure plant an invasive menace, more like kudzu than kiwi, and are moving to add it to the state’s prohibited plant list, which would make Massachusetts the first state to ban its sale and importation.

The proposal has divided the gardening and horticultural community like cutworm on cabbage, sparking a bitter debate between critics and defenders of the hardy kiwi who are preparing to raise their pitchforks at a hearing on Tuesday.

“This is one of the most threatening invasive plant species we’ve seen in decades at Mass Audubon,” said Jack Clarke, the director of public policy and government relations at the venerable conservation society. “We’ve seen acres of mature forest just taken over by this stuff.”

But hardy kiwi devotees say the vine is being unfairly maligned.

“These berries have a huge amount of promise as a potential cold, hardy fruit crop in the northeast,” said Will Hastings, a University of New Hampshire graduate student in agricultural sciences, who has been harvesting the hardy kiwi on a vineyard for two years, as part of a research project to prove its viability as a cash crop for New England farmers.

He said the fruit has twice the Vitamin C of an orange, twice the dietary fiber of an apple, and as much potassium as a banana.

“On top of that, they’re just incredibly tasty,” he said. “If you like kiwi fruit, these just blow those out of the water. The fuzzies really pale in comparison once you’ve tried one of these.”

Defenders say any hope of turning the diminutive berry into a local staple on par with the blueberry or cranberry will be crushed if Massachusetts adds the fruit to its prohibited plant list, alongside such ignominious species as itchgrass and Japanese knotweed.

“Most of these plants on the list nobody cares about, but some of them have commercial implications,” said Peter Del Tredici, senior research scientist emeritus at the Arnold Arboretum. “They’re going to kill this fledgling industry before it even has a chance.”

Such heated battles rarely make it beyond the confines of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, but this one has taken on particular intensity because the hardy kiwi also has a rich local history.

Bob Guthrie, a volunteer scientist at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and hardy kiwi historian, said the seeds were first brought to the United States from Sapporo, Japan by Colonel William S. Clark, a Civil War veteran who founded the Massachusetts Agricultural College in Amherst, which later became the University of Massachusetts.

During the Gilded Age, the creeping vine was prized for its ornamental value on the columns and trellises of grand estates in Lenox like the Hotel Aspinwall and Fernbook, the summer home of the artist Thomas Shields Clarke, Guthrie said.

But the vine has grown well beyond its genteel roots. In recent years, it has strangled more than 100 acres of forest in Kennedy Park in Lenox, a popular hiking spot where town officials have spent $75,000 to remove tangled canopies of kiwi vines with herbicides and blades.

“It’s displacing and hurting the existing native species and habitat that make up a resilient and healthy forest system,” said Gwen Miller, Lenox’s land-use director.

Tuesday’s hearing by the state Department of Agricultural Resources will weigh whether to ban the fruit, as recommended by the Invasive Plant Advisory Group, a panel of botanists, ecologists, and nursery industry officials that concluded in December that the fruit is “likely invasive.”

That damning judgment was based on several criteria, including the fact that it is not native to Massachusetts and has the ability to spread widely and rapidly and jump spatial gaps.

“I want people to understand it’s a science-based process,” said Jennifer Forman Orth, an environmental biologist at the department who acknowledged sampling a few of the juicy morsels at an advisory group meeting where members debated the fruit’s fate. “It’s not something we take lightly. There’s a lot of research done and a lot of discussion.”

Guthrie, who grows the hardy kiwi in Minnesota, strongly disputes the conclusion that the vine can jump spatial gaps and establish itself in new areas. He said the vines attacking Kennedy Park are merely remnants of those planted a century ago in Lenox’s Gilded Age estates.

“They’re putting out misinformation and a miscarriage of justice,” he said.

Also worth considering, he said, is the fact that the berries are simply delicious. “They taste,” he said, “like Sweet Tarts candy.”

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Re: Mass wants to ban kiwi
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 04:12:58 PM »
I think I'm going to have to plant one of these hardi kiwi's.  Do they do well in the heat? 

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Re: Mass wants to ban kiwi
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2017, 04:17:18 PM »

Stark brothers says it grows from zones 4-9 which should be most anywhere in the US.

https://www.starkbros.com/products/berry-plants/kiwi-berry-vines/anna-hardy-kiwi

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Re: Mass wants to ban kiwi
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 04:29:13 PM »

Sent a second email to govt person:

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Dear Taryn,

 Our economic future seems uncertain in many ways, I hope the
government will not add to it by banning a viable fruit producing
vine. Kiwi has been grown in New England for hundreds of years. The
two sites where it is invasive appear to be anomalies. I suggest these
scientists do more research to explain why there are very few such
examples and stop joining with the ranks of others who seem to give
scientific research a bad name these days