What Secrets do 100+ Year-Old Apple Trees Hold? Edit

Montana has a rich history of growing fruit including apples, pears, apricots, plums and cherries. Historically, orchards were planted throughout Montana by orchardists and homesteaders just trying to make a living. Although the orchardists and homesteaders may be gone, many of those orchards may still be intact today. Toby Day describes those heritage orchards, the ongoing research there, and how Montana State University Extension is working across the state to identify and preserve such orchards that still exist.

You can learn more about the Heritage Orchard Program from this MSU Extension document (PDF).


Recorded on September 21 at the Museum of the Rockies

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