apples

Martha Teal

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project recently completed an Orchard Market Study with two major findings: First, Montezuma County has the highest concentration and number of old orchards--that is those planted before 1920--in the State of Colorado, and these apple trees are best used as a valuable genetic reservoir. Second, there’s an abundance of juice apples that were planted in the 1930s and 40s that are ideal for juice or cider operations. 

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Nina Williams and Jude Schuenemeyer of the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about their efforts to document and preserve rare apple and fruit tree varieties, the history behind fruit orchards in southwest Colorado, and how the public can get involved.

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

Sep 16, 2014
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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Jude Schuenemeyer from the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about their work preserving heirloom fruit trees, the history of Montezuma County's orchards, and why it is important to save these tree species.

KUNC article on Colorado's heirloom apples: www.kunc.org/post/once-lost-colorado-orange-helps-seed-states-new-fruit-economy

Cider Making in Southwest Colorado

Jan 13, 2014
Martha Teal

Cider making has a long tradition in the apple orchards of the Four Corners area. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with three local cider makers about how cider is made, and why it is an important product for apple producers.