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The History of Apples in Maine

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 1:47 p.m.

Apple expert John Bunker will lead an interactive lecture titled “The History of Apples in Maine” at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, September 18 at 12:00 noon.

Bunker’s presentation will cover the history of apple farming in Maine, from its colonial beginnings to the present. In addition to describing historic harvesting methods, Bunker will discuss the many unique varieties of apples found all over Maine, with a special emphasis on cultivars only found in Camden and the Midcoast region. Guests who have their own apple trees are encouraged to bring fruit for identification.

John Bunker has been farming in Maine for the past 40 years. Describing himself as a “fruit explorer,” Bunker tracks down rare and unusual fruit varieties to save and reintroduce in Maine. In 1984 he started FEDCO Trees and has also served as President of the Board at MOFGA. He is the author Not Far From the Tree, a book outlining history of apples in Palermo, Maine. He is a graduate of Colby College.

This presentation is part of the Summer Talk Series, cosponsored by Camden National Bank and Jaret & Cohn Real Estate.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, with a nominal $5 fee for non-members.

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