Learn about Maine’s Heirloom Apples

Community Happenings
Oct 09, 2018
7:00 PM
John Bunker, Maine Heritage Orchard

John Bunker of Palermo, author of “Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine,” speaks about apples and orchards in Maine at Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston. Refreshments, socializing at 7 p.m.; presentation at 7:30 p.m.

John’s passion is tracking down heirloom fruit varieties, particularly those originating in Maine. He has lived in Palermo on Super Chilly Farm for the past 44 years, where he and Cammy Watts grow vegetables, small fruits and tree fruits. He coordinates nursery sales for Fedco, the co-op seed and nursery company in Clinton. He has established the Maine Heritage Orchard at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground in Unity. Currently the orchard is home to 300 historic pears and apples. He speaks and teaches in the New England area regularly.