[nafex ibiblio list] Fwd: Please Help Us Preserve Historic Apple Varieties

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed Dec 28 16:08:39 EST 2011

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From: Diane at Seed Savers Exchange <membership at seedsavers.org>
Date: December 28, 2011 11:59:37 AM PST
To: Lon <lonrom at hevanet.com>
Subject: Please Help Us Preserve Historic Apple Varieties
Reply-To: Diane at Seed Savers Exchange <membership at seedsavers.org>

Help us protect 350 of our country's rarest and most valuable apple varieties.
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Dear Lon,
In October, Seed Savers Exchange broke ground on an expansion of our Historic Apple Orchard that will help us protect over 350 of our country's rarest and most valuableapple varieties. Like all of our preservation efforts here at Heritage Farm, we are depending on your generous support to make this project a reality.

The orchard expansion will help us make historic apple varieties available through the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook—apples that speak to the breadth of our nation’s cultural heritage: the ‘Gravenstein’ apple that found a home in California and fed the troops in WWII, the ‘Ben Davis’ and the ‘Arkansas Black’ varieties that let Southern travelers know they were home, the ‘Rhode Island Greening’ and ‘Newton Pippin’ apples beloved by New Englanders, and ‘Wealthy’ and ‘Fameuse’ apples that have stood up to harsh Midwestern winters for over a century.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to protect genetic diversity through projects like the orchard expansion.
Thank you for helping us preserve historic apple varieties for generations to come.
Sincerely yours,
Diane Ott Whealy
Co-founder and Vice President
P.S. Supporters who pledge $150 or more will receive the commemorative Seed Savers Exchange 2012 Calendar, a beautiful seasonal glimpse of the heirloom vegetables harvested from SSE’s Heritage Farm.

These trees grew by chance and traveled with us for hundreds of years, but without care they will be lost forever along with the history they carry. The 9.5 acre expansion of SSE’s Historic Orchard will help us preserve over 350 rare apple varieties.

Ben Davis

The 'Ben Davis' apple appeared as a seedling in an orchard in the early 1800s in Virginia. By the end of the century, it was the most popular and widely grown apple in America. It has a medium-to-large fruit with waxy, tough skin, and yellow-tinged, juicy, slightly acid flesh. A good market apple, it can be kept until late spring.

Calville Blanc d'Hiver

This variety can be traced back to 17th century France—a great keeping apple that holds its shape when baking, and its vitamin C content is said to rival that of oranges!

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