Current Core Projects

We have about 60 hand-grafted heirloom apple trees (from 2016 Grafts) that we will be planting in public spaces, giving back to orchard owners, and selling at the Norwood Farmer's Market on July 1, 2017. We grafted 250 heirloom trees this Spring; we will nurse them until next Spring and then plant these trees in public spaces or in our Community "Food Forest" Demonstration Orchard in Nucla; the rest we will sell to locals for planting. Read more below about our projects. We continue to map and survey local orchards as well as document the history of the local heirloom orchards. 

Project:
Norwood Community Garden
Project:
Norwood Community Garden

We will be planting 4 apple trees and companion plants such as mint, chives, beans, yarrow, strawberries and currants to create an apple tree permaculture guild in the Norwood Community Garden. We will use 4 of our heirloom hand-grafted trees grafted in 2016.  We are seeking 8 donations of $100 each to fund the planting of these trees at the base of which will be placed a brick paver with your engraved name.

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Project:
Demonstration Orchard at
Pinion Farmstead, Nucla

In conjunction with Telluride MountainFilm’s The New Normal Initiative, the Apple Core Project is raising funds to plant hand-grafted apple trees in the Norwood Community Garden (see above). Additional funds raised will go toward the purchase and installation of a 20’ long hoop house at Pinion Farmstead for nurturing our newly grafted trees in coming years . Some, along with their companion plants will be planted in our Demonstration Orchard to create fruit tree permaculture guilds at Pinion Farmstead beginning in the summer of 2018. We will build swails, dig holes for deer fencing this summer. Each tree planted will become part of a new generation genetic bank from which we will collect the scion for grafting additional trees to plant. It’s a tree (and a gift) that keeps on giving. This is a perfect project to contribute to as your next step to reduce your carbon footprint right in your backyard. It not only helps sequester carbon but supports a sustainable food system and offers an educational opportunity for others in the community to follow in our footsteps.

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Katja snagged the prize winning apple, a Wolf River
Katja snagged the prize winning apple, a Wolf River
Project:
Luther Walker Homestead
Nucla, CO
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There are two remaining orchards on the Luther Walker Homestead. The South Orchard contains several heirloom varieties including the Jonathon, Grimes & Old Time Delicious. In the North Orchard, we found Ben Davis, Winesap and some other unidentified trees. We also discovered several Apricot, Pear & Plum trees as well Osage Orange, American Elm and Walnut trees. We were excited to find out that Mr. Glasier, the current owner of the property, has Luther Walker's Horticulture Journal. 

Project: 
Templeton Property, Nucla, CO
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They are several seedling trees on Marie's property as the Ditch runs just to the South of Templeton's home. An heirloom Jonathon and Winesap remain standing from an Orchard that was removed in the 40's. Marie has takes great pride in her remaining trees; one is supported  by a steel barrel and the other her late husband poured cement in the center of the tree to stabalize the branches.