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A University of Wyoming professor is trying to locate and catalog all of the old apple varieties in Wyoming. Might be a good resource for cold weather permies.



Steven Miller writes about the project here.

An old pamphlet about fruit in Wyoming talks about some of the varieties that were planted. Free e-book or buy a reprinted version.

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        That was awesome !
Thanks so much for posting that .. I really hope they can locate some of those vintage varieties !! They did such a good breakdown of so many things apple.

People - Save and plant your local apple cores ***

If everyone could just plant every apple that they ever eat --the next generation could be so well set up with a potential ...Mystical Magic new Apple !  Great video !
 
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This is an interesting video and thread.  There are people seeking old varieties of apples in every state. Many belong to the Home Orchard Society.   A guy (Calhoun? ) wrote a book called Good Ol Southern Apples, that was about this topic.  The oldest orchard in the West was the Luelling Orchard in what is now Portland, ORegon.  Grafted apples were brought on the Oregon Trail.  Many people are rediscovering high quality varieties at scion exchanges across the country and world, so they can graft these old varieties.
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This is a great topic!  Today I searched for apples developed in my state.  Wow, what a lot of apples!!  Google was less than helpful, but I hit the jackpot here:
http://bighorsecreekfarm.com/master-variety-list/ ; (I typed in the name of my state in the search bar and got back a ton of results, most of them good hits!) 
 
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The Home Orchard Society and Agrarian Sharing Network both do a great job of promoting fruit diversity and the preservation of antique varieties here in Oregon. Every late winter/early spring there are propagation fairs - a handful of smaller local ones (ASN) and a big one up near Portland (HOS) - with scion, rootstock, and grafting assistance available. I don't know if this happens in other states too but if so, it's an amazing resource and well worth seeking out.
 
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