Pomologist John Bunker to Speak, and Host Heirloom Apple Tasting, at Maine Historical Society
September 12, 2013
Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) hosts pomologist John Bunker, of Fedco Trees, on Thursday, September 26, at 7:00PM, for a timely program about Maine’s heirloom apple varieties. Attendees are welcome to bring apples to identify, and a tasting of rare varieties will follow the talk.
Bunker will talk about the history of Maine apples and orchards, as well as the value and challenge of bringing back and cultivating rare heirlooms. Participants will learn about about Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association's (MOFGA) 10-acre Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, which Bunker himself established, and which houses the only collection of apple varieties originating in Maine. Cider, and a selection of cheeses, will accompany the apple tasting.
Bunker coordinates nursery sales for Fedco, the co-op seed and nursery company in Clinton. His passion is tracking down heirloom fruit varieties, particularly those originating in Maine. Bunker coordinates an annual series of organic orcharding classes at MOFGA, the spring "Seed Swap and Scion Exchange" and the October "Great Maine Apple Day." He speaks and teaches in the New England area regularly year round. In 2007 he self-published Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine, which is available for purchase in the MHS museum store. Bunker was featured in the October 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine in an article titled, "Apples: Fruit of Knowledge." The program is open to the general public and admission is by suggested donation at the door. For more information on this program, and programs coming up in the fall, please visit www.mainehistory.org/programs.
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