The Heritage Orchard Conference from the University of Idaho is back again this year. Once again, it's a zoom meeting, and it's archived so you can watch the video anytime. It's also free. The schedule is a little shorter this year, but the line-up should outstanding. It certainly was last year.
This week, on Wednesday, the topic is pears: History of Pears: Ancestor Cultivars, Native Centers of Diversity & Modern Conservation Efforts. Last month, living-legend John Bunker from Maine talked about apple ID.
This conference started smallish last year, but grew and grew all season. By spring, there were 1,200 attendees from every state, several Canadian provinces, and a bunch of countries around the world. There's something going on with heritage trees and orchards, and perhaps a renaissance in older varieties. I was inspired.
Here's the link: Heritage Orchard Conference .
Let me know what you think.
Tough schedule for people who have to work, but a greatt opportunity nonetheless.
It's already up on their YouTube channel along with the videos from last year's conference. Lots of great information!
Thanks, JeanW for the update and the link!
I like to listen to the webinar live, but there's so much info, I often go back and watch them again. Kyle and his crew at UI are doing such a good job with these conferences.
Joseph's list of heirloom pears from yesterday is going to be particularly helpful. I stomp around old orchards every fall, and there's almost always pear trees. Maybe I can find some of the ones he mentioned.