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Doug Hundley explains the layout of the Avery County Cooperative Extension’s Mountain Heirloom Orchard, which will serve as a classroom for apple enthusiasts, a bank of source wood for future apple grafts and a living museum of the apples that filled the cellars of Avery County’s earliest settlers and the generations that followed.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-04-10 12:02:33
Last modified: 2013-04-10 12:02:32

Extension unveils Mountain Heirloom Orchard

Avery County Cooperative Extension unveiled its Mountain Heirloom Orchard to the public through a tour and informational field day last Tuesday, April 2.
Although Avery County Cooperative Extension IPM Technician Doug Hundley set the project into motion in 2009, he and the rest of the ACCE staff have kept the endeavor under wraps while the first of the heirloom apple varieties in the orchard took root and became established well enough to begin to bear fruit.
Four years later, Hundley, along with ACCE Director Jerry Moody and Extension Agent Adam Keener, presented the results of the project to the public.
More than two dozen heirloom apple enthusiasts participated in the initial tour, during which Hundley explained the management practices that best ensure the success of growing heirloom apple varieties in the area. Hundley also introduced Steve McArtney, associate professor at NCSU’s Department of Horticultural Science.

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