April 22, 2011 An abandoned apple orchard, originally planted in 1911 by University of Minnesota (Duluth) horticulturists, was discovered nestled behind pine trees.
“The last known map of the orchard, with records that identified trees by variety, was drawn in 1948. By the 1970s the orchard was abandoned. But a new generation of apple fanciers, researchers and promoters of local food say they stumbled onto a treasure trove when they rediscovered the old orchard in 2009 hidden among pine trees that had sprouted over the past 40 years.”
Cindy Hale, of University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Agriculture Project, is hoping to win a grant that would ultimately turn the century old orchard into a community apple orchard – free apples for everyone in the community!
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