Document your Old Orchard

DOCUMENT YOUR OLD ORCHARD

If you have an old orchard or even just one historic tree, please contact us so we can add your orchard to MORP’s growing list of historic orchard sites to map and document. Our list is growing and it may take us some time to actually survey your trees, so please be patient with us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

To keep focused, we constantly remind ourselves of what is saved versus what was lost. You can help MORP by knowing and documenting your orchard. Here are a few tips:                  

1) Report your orchard by sending an email to morp@montezumaorchard.org  and please consider attaching a scanned copy of the completed, or partially complete, orchard form available, see below.                         

2) Get to know your orchard by documenting all that you know or learn about it, including associated history. See the orchard documentation form below.                       

3) Sketch the layout, giving each tree an ID number that you attach to all notes, photos, maps, and grafts. Use a grid map like the one shown below. The grid continues on the back- side for larger orchards.                              

4) Learn to graft. See our events page for grafting workshops.                                         

5) Graft from your old trees and plant the new trees on site.                

6) Keep in touch with us to share your knowledge.

7) Related pages: Heritage Orchard Survey AND Preservation thru Documentation

OrchardFormrev copy

http://montezumaorchard.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OrchardFormrev-copy.pdf

To make a hand-drawn grid map, mark N-S-E-W and prominent features on your map. Use a compass if you’re unsure. Sketch county road, driveway, stream, barn, etc. If you are mapping a large orchard or a scattered remnant orchard recheck your points by going back and forth between known points. It is easier to correct a map while it is being made rather than later on when it is being used for reference. After you have finished with your map re-walk the orchard and see if you can consistently find your location on the map. With your quality map you can now further document, graft, and systematically learn your orchard. See the Preservation thru Documentation page for info on how to map your orchard using GPS technology and web based maps.