New orchard takes root in Dolores

Heritage apple trees will produce 700 bushels annually ~

The persistent blank spot on Joe Rowell Park’s east side is set to blossom into a vibrant apple orchard producing heritage varieties.

This fall the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project planted 70 trees in the Dolores park as part of a partnership with the town. Native grasses will be planted as cover for the orchard floor.

“It is here for the community to cherish, a beautiful asset that will be enjoyed by generations,” said MORP co-director Jude Schuenemeyer. “We purposely planted the rarer varieties. It will be a real place of activity where people can learn and be a part of something.” read full story in The Journal

By Jim Mimiaga Journal staff writer

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 4:52 PM

The Rediscovery Of The Colorado Orange Apple: NPR

The Rediscovery Of The Colorado Orange Apple

In Colorado they have rediscovered a long-lost apple, the Colorado Orange apple. Jude Schuenemeyer talks about the discovery.

 
December 29, 20197:54 AM ET
Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday

  

An apple revival near Four Corners is restoring hundreds of historic fruits — and the local ag economy

Using DNA testing in southwest Colorado, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration project welcomes back apple varieties like Winter Banana, Blue Pearmain, Ben Davis and Esopus Spitzenburg — and businesses are sprouting around them.

MCELMO CANYON — The apple orchard on Jude and Addie Schuenemeyer’s farm in a squiggle of a canyon in far southwest Colorado is a wild place. Turkeys gobble around on the hunt for bugs in native grasses that grow nearly as high as the gnarly limbs of the apple trees. Those trees are set hither and thither instead of lining up in typical tidy orchard rows. They bear apples that few fruit fans have likely heard of: Winter Banana, Blue Pearmain, Ben Davis and Esopus Spitzenburg…read the full article in The Colorado Sun.

Nancy Lofholm 
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2019 5:05AM MST

MORP Heritage Apple Trees

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP) presents three annual events where you may purchase heritage apple trees. Mark your calendars for Heritage Apple Tree Sales on the fourth SAT in APRIL and third SAT in JUNE plus the Orchard Social and Heritage Apple Tree Sale on the second SAT in October. In between events, you may schedule a special visit to the MORP nursery when you buy 10 trees or more.  

Choose rare apple varieties hand-grafted by MORP. Proceeds benefit the establishment of school, community, and public orchards by growing and donating these rare genetics across Colorado, made possible by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Award. Contact us if you think your organization may qualify for donated trees. The orchard site must be a public or community space with good wildlife fence, water, and labor to care for the trees. See here for our current availability list.  Please note that donated trees are selected from a separate list.

Trees are $60. Did you know that MORP members receive $10 off each heritage tree purchased, qualify for an additional bulk tree discount (buy 30 or more trees and get $20 off each tree), and receive special member-only invites to tree sales? Not a member yet? Become one today We thank you.

 Directions to the MORP nursery are 17312 RD G, Cortez CO 81321. From the highway 491 turnoff just south of Cortez drive west for 7.5 miles on county road G (McElmo Canyon road). Nursery is on the south or Ute Mountain side of the road. The turn-around is a three point turn for standard sized vehicles. Google Maps will send you astray. No cell coverage in the canyon. Visit during scheduled tree sale events or by appointment only.