29677RE: [Slovak-World] Re: Traditional agriculture--32
- Jul 12, 2010Thanks, I'm glad to hear that I haven't put everyone out there to sleep yet. ;-)
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From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of joy2002cjm
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2010 9:55 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Traditional agriculture--32
Just to let you know at least I am still enjoying your posts!!! I look forward to them
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>, "Fedor, Helen" <hfed@...> wrote:
> "Growing Fruit"
> Archeological and historical sources confirm that during the time of Great Moravia < http://www.pitt.edu/~votruba/qsonhist/assets/vm350.gif >, fruit growing was already well developed on Slovak territory. Written sources from the feudal period attest to complex plantings and the existence of fruit nurseries [orchards??]. Fruit growing developed especially during the Renaissance. Thanks to good contacts between the Kingdom of Hungary and Italy, new kinds of fruit and growing techniques spread on Slovak territory, gradually reaching the folk environment.
> During the Middle Ages, fruit growing became highly developed in several central Slovak regions thanks to German colonists, who brought fruit-growing experience from their home country. Fruit growing also created new sources of income for landlords. During the Enlightenment, this resulted in a boom of professional literature, the creation of new gardens and fruit nurseries [orchards?], and the establishment of fruit-growing associations.
> In the 19th century, fruit growing in Slovakia was a well-developed part of agrarian culture. The stability and further development of this sector was disrupted by World War I, but war damage was remedied by the Slovak Fruit-Growing Society in the 1920s. Thanks to the Society, the majority of gardens and small fruit-growing operations went through a period of modernization that marked a turning point in fruit growing from a traditional folk activity to a professional industry.
> Several regions eventually specialized in growing specific kinds of fruit that were optimal for their areas. In Slovakia, there are four growing areas where past fruit production greatly exceeded local consumption. Around Bratislava, more-demanding southern fruits were grown in addition to the northern kinds. There were also the areas of Central Povaz~ie [map of the Vah River < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f6/V%C3%A1h_River_(SVK)_-_location_and_watershed.svg/160px-V%C3%A1h_River_(SVK)_-_location_and_watershed.svg.png >] and Upper Nitra < http://www.iz.sk/images/maps/map-of-region-sr-upper-nitra-river.png >, including adjacent territory in the Myjavska' Pahorkatina < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e3/Slovakia_trencin_myjava.png/800px-Slovakia_trencin_myjava.png<http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e3/Slovakia_trencin_myjava.png/800!%0d%0a%20px-Slovakia_trencin_myjava.png> >, through Ba'novska' Kotlina, up to the Upper Nitra valley.
> In central Slovakia, there were the areas of Zlate' Moravce, Levice, Nova' Ban~a, Banska' S~tiavnica, Krupina, and Modry' Kamen~. The area of Gemer and Malohont < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Slovakia_Gemer.jpg > had centers around Revu'ca and Dobs~ina'. Each of the mentioned areas included several villages in which fruit growing became an essential source of income for the local population in addition to grain growing.
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