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2021-22 Heritage Orchard Conference

The Heritage Orchard Conference was established in 2019 with an in-person conference held at the University of Idaho’s Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center. The conference attracted a diverse group of heritage tree fruit enthusiasts for a day of presentations ranging from heritage fruit exploration to apple identification.

This year’s conference will be a free monthly webinar series. The series will begin in October 2021 and continue through March 2022, with topics ranging from conservation to preventing disease of varieties. Tune into the Zoom webinars by registering today. You will be able to submit questions through our 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.

Wednesdays | 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (U.S. & Canada)

Oct. 20 — Identifying Apples: A Multifaceted Approach
Speaker: John Bunker, Maine Heritage Orchard
Moderator: David Benscoter, The Lost Apple Project

Nov. 17 — History of the Pear: Ancestor Cultivars, Native Centers of Diversity & Modern Conservation Efforts
Speaker: Joseph Postman, USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository, retired
Moderator: Richard Uhlmann, The Lost Apple Project

Dec. 15 — American Heirloom Cultivars in Fermented Cider Production
Panelists: Dan Pucci, co-author American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage; Eleanor Leger, president of the Board of the American Cider Association; and Ryan Burk, head cidermaker at Angry Orchard
Moderator: Darlene Hayes, author Cider Cocktails — Another Bite of the Apple

Jan. 19 — NCPN Tree Fruit – Preventing Disease Spread in the U.S. Fruit Tree Industry
Speakers: Tanner Hall, National Clean Plant Network and Scott Harper, Washington State University & Clean Plant Center Northwest
Moderator: Kyle Nagy, University of Idaho, Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center

Feb. 16 — Preserving Historic Orchards in the National Parks: History and Methods
Speakers: Susan Dolan, National Park Service and Fritz Maslan, Capitol Reef National Park
Moderator: Katrina Mendrey, Montana State University, Western Agricultural Research Center

March 16 — Fruit RegisTREE and Cultivar Databases: Mapping and Cataloging Heirloom Cultivars
Speakers: Jude Schuenemeyer, Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project and Cameron Peace, Washington State University
Moderator: Richard Uhlmann, The Lost Apple Project


Mailing Address:
10881 N Boyer Rd
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864