Learn the art of finding old heirloom apple trees
From 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
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We all know that old apple tree off by the corner of the barn or in someone's field. It's old, and the big question is whether or not it's one of the historically significant old trees apple detectives have been hunting down for decades. But how do you know? We will learn the art of observing trees, their context, and other clues to help participants understand what they are seeing. Since Maine has millions of seedling apple trees planted by deer, cows, squirrels and bears, it is critical to develop a discerning eye to separate those from the old historic varieties.
In a half-day workshop, Todd Little-Siebold will help you know what you are seeing when you look at an old tree. Is it a grafted tree? Has it been cultivated? What is the context it is growing in? And who on earth planted it? These are the kinds of questions we will explore in the workshop. Todd is a professor of history at College of the Atlantic, and he serves on the MOFGA board of directors. He is involved in the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, and he works closely with John Bunker to track down, identify, and preserve local heirloom varieties.