Have you forgotten, dear reader, about John Chapman, the barefoot rustic, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed, who in the last century before the last century dedicated his life to sowing millions of apple seeds along the western frontier?
The law helped. In those days, a man needed to plant at least 50 apple or pear trees on his property in order to secure a land claim. Chapman, who moved easily between Native American and white societies, kept a few years ahead of the other settlers.