Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Belfast Free Library, apple expert John Bunker will share the history of apples in Maine, his adventures tracking down, identifying and preserving rare historic varieties, the renaissance of the hard cider industry, and an update on the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity. Attendees who have their own apple trees are encouraged to bring fruit for identification.

Bunker has been farming in Maine for more than 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 served as president of the board at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, where he continues to serve as a board member and is the founder of MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard. He is the author of "Not Far From the Tree," a book outlining the history of apples in Palermo, which will be available for sale and signing, and a graduate of Colby College.

This free presentation is co-sponsored by Belfast Free Library and Belfast Co-op. The Library is located at 106 High St. in downtown Belfast. For additional information about this event, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.