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2022-23 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. Since 2020, the conference has been organized as a free monthly webinar series, extending our reach to nearly 2,000 participants from 27 countries. The 2022-23 series brings back some of our favorite speakers from past series and introduces several new topics and speakers that will be sure to interest any heritage fruit enthusiast.

Wednesdays | 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (U.S. & Canada)

Oct. 19 — The Mystique of the Apple

  • Presenter: John Bunker – Maine Heritage Orchard & Author of Apples and the Art of Detection
  • Moderator: Richard Uhlmann – The Lost Apple Project

Nov. 16 — Novel Apple Rootstock Technologies – Beyond Dwarfing and Precocity

  • Presenter: Gennaro Fazio – USDA-ARS, Geneva, New York
  • Moderator: Gayle Volk – USDA-ARS, Fort Collins, Colorado

Dec. 21 — What’s in a name? The importance of identity in heirloom apple tree preservation

  • Presenter: Amy Dunbar-Wallis – University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Moderator: Darlene Hayes – Malus zine &

Jan. 18, 2023 — The Awesomeness of Red-Fleshed Apples

  • Presenters: Nicole Ward – Forgotten Ciders and Eastman's Antique Apples & Darlene Hayes – Malus zine &
  • Moderator: Darlene Hayes – Malus zine &

Feb. 15 — First Land Stewards of the Southwest: Native American Propagation and Dissemination of Peaches

  • Presenter: Reagan Wytsalucy – Utah State University
  • Moderator: Jude Schuenemeyer – Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

March 15 — Genetics & Breeding for Fire Blight Resistance

  • Presenters: Gennaro Fazio – USDA-ARS, Geneva, New York & Awais Khan – Cornell University
  • Moderator: Kyle Nagy – University of Idaho, Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center

April 19 — Conservation of Historic Fruit Tree Cultivars: An Interdisciplinary Approach


Mailing Address:
10881 N Boyer Rd
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864