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MSU Extension Expert To Offer Heritage Apple Talk June 2


BOZEMAN – The Museum of the Rockies will offer a June 2 seminar on heritage fruit trees in Montana on Tuesday, June 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies.

The talk by Toby Day, MSU Extension horticulturist, will discuss the state’s rich history with fruit production, including apples, pears, apricots, plums and cherries. The cost is $5 for Museum members and $8 for non-members at the door.

Historically, orchards grew up after being planted by orchardists and homesteaders trying to make a living. Although the orchardists and homesteaders may be gone, many of those orchards may still be intact.

For the next three years, Montana State University Extension will be working across the state to identify and preserve heritage orchards that still exist.

This lecture, part of the urban homesteading series, will tell the story of fruit trees that are over 100 years old and are still producing, with little care over the last few decades. The talk also will help inform decisions on what trees to plant in certain areas and how to plant and maintain fruit trees.

If you would like more information about the urban homesteading series or would like to register for the seminar, contact Dillon Warn at (406) 994-5282.


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