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2020 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will be a free monthly webinar series. The series will begin in August 2020 and continue through April 2021, with topics ranging from restoration pruning to DNA profiling 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.

Aug. 19 — 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (U.S. & Canada)

Sleuthing for Lost Apples: Lessons from the Experts

Panel Discussion: David Benscoter of The Lost Apple Project, John Bunker of Maine Heritage Orchard
Moderator: Kyle Nagy of University of Idaho

Sept. 16 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Heritage Apple Identification Using Genetic Fingerprinting Methods

Speaker: Dr. Gayle Volk of USDA-ARS Fort Collins
Moderator: Dr. Cameron Peace of Washington State University

Oct. 21 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Apple Identification with DNA: Identity and Parentage Revelations using New Tools

Speaker: Dr. Cameron Peace of Washington State University
Moderator: John Bunker of Maine Heritage Orchard

Nov. 11 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Apples and Their Uses – Past and Present

Panel Discussion: Steve Miller of University of Wyoming and Katrina Mendrey of Montana State University
Moderator: Kyle Nagy of University of Idaho

Dec. 16 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Researching the History and People Behind the Apples

Speaker: Dan Bussey, author of The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada
Moderator: Dave Benscoter of The Lost Apple Project

Jan. 20 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Community Led Efforts to Conserve Orchard and Fruit of the West

Panel Discussion: Jude Schuenemeyer of Montezuma Orchard Project
Moderator: Katrina Mendrey of Montana State University

Feb. 17 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Restoration Pruning

Speaker: Casimir Holeski of Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project
Moderator: Richard Uhlmann of The Lost Apple Project

March 17 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Intro to Grafting: Bridging, Bud, and Whip and Tongue

Panel Discussion: Lori Thompson of North Cascades National Park, Dr. Steve Miller of University of Wyoming and Katrina Mendrey of Montana State University
Moderator: Katrina Mendrey of Montana State University

April 21 — 10-11:30 a.m. PT

Perennial Fruit Plants of the Northern Sierra Gold Rush Era

Speaker: Amigo Bob Cantisano of Felix Gillet Institute
Moderator: Kyle Nagy of University of Idaho

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Contact

Mailing Address:
10881 N Boyer Rd
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

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