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The Quiet Rescue of American Fruit

 
David Livingston
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https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/growing-collecting-rare-fruit?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=atlas-page

This man is a hero . Should have a medal or some such

C. Todd Kennedy is one of California’s premier fruit experts, collectors, and growers. As a co-founder of the Arboreum Company, he distributes rare and vintage fruit trees that produce prickly pears and little-known peaches. But his four-decade dedication to fruit has been remarkably important in another respect: preserving and adding to America’s agricultural legacy. In 2010, horticulturist Clay Weeks estimated that half of the national collection of old stone fruit cultivars come from Kennedy. When asked, Kennedy makes only a slight correction. “Half of the named varieties in the national collection come from me,” he says.

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Indeed, his company Arboreum, is one of the best places to get specimens of many old varieties that can not be found easily. They offer a limited number of limited species each year for sale.

If you need any question answered on many fruit tree species, he would be the man to ask.

He does have a medal David, it is the presidential medal of merit.

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good show  he  deserves it

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Agreed, David,  he is a national treasure as far as I am concerned.
Imagine thinking of doing the saving of old fruit tree species 40 years ago and being able to do the work he has done to that end.

There is an apple tree guy, I think he lives in the north east of the US, who has done similar specimen saving but only in apple tree species. I can't remember his name off hand.

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That would be him Kamaar.  Good find!
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