Forward-thinking growers are utilizing a variety of means to reinvent the way an orchard grows. They are cultivating rare, unusual or native fruits, growing in a scale-appropriate manner and addressing orchard diversity through polyculture and mimicking natural ecosystems.
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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is currently creating a 10-acre heritage orchard in Unity to preserve and protect Maine’s traditional apples and pears. The orchard will include over 500 specimens from every county in the state. The varieties that will be included date back to a time when most Mainers lived on […]