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Creating a Mini-Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table.
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For The Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table

We hit base funding for self publishing costs!! The campaign stretch goal is now to reach $12,500  for the manuals first printing. If we can reach the stretch goal I will commit to printing with PrintReLeaf certification that assures  trees are replanted for paper used. Let's make this publication truly ecological!!

The Paw Paw, a close relative of the tropical custard apple, grows throughout much of North America yet culturally and horticulturally we know very little about it.

The cross section of a ripe Paw Paw!
The cross section of a ripe Paw Paw!

Paw Paws to the People! 

I have been passionate about paw paws for a number of years and am set to create a mini manual that jumps right into growing, caring for, harvesting, and using paws paws – from seed to table. To make this possible I am asking support from my extended community to help cover publishing costs; full design, layout and print ready files.

By jumping in and helping Kickstart this Paw Paw Mini Manual you will help create a resource that will inspire and guide thousands to plant and care for trees that provide food, medicine, habitat, and regenerative ecosystems - all of which will be very good for the planet and your karma.

Why is the Paw Paw Awesome? 

  • Large fruit production potential – 50lb+ per tree – on an ornamental tree!
  • It grows wild in 26 states within America and is popping up all over the world
  • It has a deep root, like a nut tree, that pulls nutrients to the fruit
  • It is the host tree for the Beautiful Zebra Swallow Tail Butterfly
  • Its leaves & twigs have cancer fighting properties
  • It makes great beer!
Paw Paw Cream Pie!
Paw Paw Cream Pie!

It’s hard to eat more than one paw paw at a go. The creamy rich pulp with tropical flavors ranging from mango and pineapple to banana combine like a satisfying dessert. Now, which kind of paw paw you try – wild vs cultivated –will make a difference in how tasty a dessert it will be. 

Historically most people have only experienced wild growing paw paw fruit, which can be a hit or miss game for a good experience. That is quickly changing as selected and bred cultivars are being grown and shared. 

This paw paw mini-manual is going to focus on growing, caring for, harvesting, and using paws paws – from seed to table. It will also showcase the amazing and colorful world of the paw paw!

Wild  (left) Cultivar (Right)
Wild (left) Cultivar (Right)

 Why Do We Need This Publication? 

Currently there is not a good, engaging publication compiling the collective know how on growing, caring for, harvesting, and using paw paws. Aside from my own extensive experience with paw paws I am close friends with the God Father of paw paw breeding, Neil Peterson, and the world’s foremost paw paw grower, Jim Davis of Deep Run Paw Paw Orchard. I have been interviewing and documenting these guys for years now. And, aside from grower savvy, I am teaming with adventurous chefs to bring out the gustatory pleasures of the paw paw. Truly a seed-to-table exposé. 

Below are sample videos of my nursery and paw paw grove. As well as some tips for growing paw paws and establishing the basis for your own food forest at home. Information like this and much more will be carefully outlined and curated for you in the Mini Manual! 

 

 What’s Going In?

  • Wild vs Cultivated
  • Paw Paw Variety Selection 
  • Growing from Seed 
  • Site Planning 
  • Grafting Tree care
  • Harvesting & Processing 
  • Recipes & Culinary Tricks
  • Marketing
  • Paw Paws & Permaculture
  • Interview Appendixes 
  • Resources

What’s Needed

Self-publishing means that I am taking on the entire process of creating a book – from writing it to final print. Funds raised from this Kickstarter will support the professional editing, design and layout costs. Once I have all the writing complete I begin the insane process of editing with the help of a pro who keeps feeding the material back to me for re-tooling. Next, I work with a professional designer who lays out books - meaning all my images, section headers, table of contents, appendixes, etc. are all in a smooth flow – there is much editing that happens here too. Last stage is to make printer ready files, the book is done at this point! The low end of these professional services is $12,500. I am hoping to raise significantly more so that any additional service expenses arise (as they always do) can be covered and to raise basic support for my time inputs.

Full Pyramid Shape of Mature Paw Paw
Full Pyramid Shape of Mature Paw Paw

Paw Paw Interview on Sustainable World Radio -  http://sustainableworldradio.com/paw-paws-101-from-seed-to-table/

Risks and challenges

This is my second go around with a self-published book. My first book ‘Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist’ – which was successfully supported by two Kickstarter campaigns – has shown me the myriad of relationships and tools needed to create a quality piece of work. My confidence for meeting the challenges of creating this publication is strong and clear. I know what I am getting into - and crazy as an endeavor it is - I am 100% ready and eager to get this resource out.
My biggest challenge in life, like many, is juggling time for multiple projects. It is well known that I have many irons in many fires, but that is how I operate best.
One of the great things about creating a project that is supported by an extended community is the commitment it cements to accomplish it – a bona fide pressure to get it done. I can meet my challenges if you will dedicate support.

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    Your Name will Appear on the Paw Paw Wall of Heroes - which will sit smack in the center of our 3rd Annual Paw Paw Fest.

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    A First Edition, Signed Copy, of 'For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table'. Plus your name will appear on the Paw Paw Wall of Heroes - which will sit smack in the center of our 3rd Annual Paw Paw Fest.

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    Edible Landscaping Book + Paw Paw Manual

    The perfect combo - a signed copy of my first book 'Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist' & a signed copy of 'For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’. Plus your name will appear on the Paw Paw Wall of Heroes - which will sit smack in the center of our 3rd Annual Paw Paw Fest. This is a deal that offers the Edible Landscaping book for just $15 (reg $25). Books will ship together when the mini manual is released. Your library will be complete!

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    Paw Paw Tour & Tasting

    Paw Paw Tasting and Tour at Long Creek Homestead, Frederick Maryland. September 16th 2018, 1-3:30. Personal tour and tastings by Michael Judd during prime paw paw harvest season, see paw paw trees and fruit in full glory, learn about growing, caring for, harvesting, and using paws paws. Plus A First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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    Summer Food Forest & Garden Tour

    Exclusive Tour by Michael Judd of Long Creek Homestead’s Food Forests, Gardens, & Strawbale Home in Frederick Maryland. June 10th, 2018 10-12pm. Explore a world of uncommon fruits and clever ways to grow them. Lots of info on growing paw paws and paw paw ice cream tasting! Plus A First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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    Paw Paw Tour & Tasting II

    Paw Paw Tasting and Tour at Long Creek Homestead, Frederick Maryland. September 16th 2018, 10-12:30 pm. Personal tour and tastings by Michael Judd during prime paw paw harvest season, see paw paw trees and fruit in full glory, learn about growing, caring for, harvesting, and using paws paws. Plus A First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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    Summer Food Forest & Garden Tour II

    Exclusive Tour by Michael Judd of Long Creek Homestead’s Food Forests, Gardens, & Strawbale Home in Frederick Maryland. June 10th, 2018 3-5 pm. Explore a world of uncommon fruits and clever ways to grow them. Lots of info on growing paw paws and paw paw ice cream tasting! Plus A First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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    Earthen Pizza Oven Workshops

    Learn to build an Earthen Pizza Oven in two afternoon workshops at Long Creek Homestead, Frederick Maryland. August 28th 1-4:30 pm & Sept. 2nd 1-4pm 2018. This opportunity to get hands on with earth building is initially only being offered here on my campaign. We will build an earthen oven to use during our annual Paw Paw Festival over two Sunday afternoons. Even if you can only make one of the days it will be worth it. PLUS a First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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    Honorable Mention in the Acknowledgement section of the Manual. Plus A First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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    Place of Honor at our Annual Paw Paw Fest! You can preside at the Tasting Table turning people onto the wonders of fresh Paw Paws! Plus Honorable Mention in the Acknowledgement section of the Manual. And a First Edition, Signed Copy, ‘For the Love of Paw Paws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for Paw Paws - From Seed to Table’

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