Heritage Orchard Conference

Free Heritage Orchard webinar series presented by the University of Idaho. Register at this link: https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/sandpoint-organic-agriculture-center/conference 

The monthly series began in October 2022 and continues through April 2023, every 3rd WED at 11 am MT, with topics ranging from heritage fruit exploration to apple identification. Tune into the Zoom webinars by registering today. You will be able to submit questions through a moderator to be directed to the speaker during the Q&A session at the end of the presentation. All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing following the live presentations.

Oct. 19 — The Mystique of the Apple

  • Presenter: John Bunker – Maine Heritage Orchard & Author of Apples and the Art of Detection
  • Moderator: Richard Uhlmann – The Lost Apple Project

Nov. 16 — Novel Apple Rootstock Technologies – Beyond Dwarfing and Precocity

  • Presenter: Gennaro Fazio – USDA-ARS, Geneva, New York
  • Moderator: Gayle Volk – USDA-ARS, Fort Collins, Colorado

Dec. 21 — What’s in a name? The importance of identity in heirloom apple tree preservation

  • Presenter: Amy Dunbar-Wallis – University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Moderator: Darlene Hayes – Malus zine & Allintocider.com

Jan. 18, 2023 — The Awesomeness of Red-Fleshed Apples

  • Presenters: Ellen Cavalli – Tilted Shed Ciderworks & Darlene Hayes – Malus zine & Allintocider.com
  • Moderator: Darlene Hayes – Malus zine & Allintocider.com

Feb. 15 — First Land Stewards of the Southwest: Native American Propagation and Dissemination of Peaches

  • Presenter: Reagan Wytsalucy – Utah State University
  • Moderator: Jude Schuenemeyer – Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

March 15 — Genetics & Breeding for Fire Blight Resistance

  • Presenters: Gennaro Fazio – USDA-ARS, Geneva, New York & Awais Khan – Cornell University
  • Moderator: Kyle Nagy – University of Idaho, Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center

April 19 — Conservation of Historic Fruit Tree Cultivars: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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