Sunday, September 28, 2008

Old orchards and fresh fruit

For the last month we have been enjoying the sweet fruits of the various apple orchards on The Farm. The apples and pears we have been enjoying so much were harvested from trees planted in the late 70's and early 80's by Martin Holsinger, aka Brother Martin.  Martin is an old Farmie who know lives down in the Central Basin near Nashville.  Last weekend the Advanced Permaculture Course in Forest Gardening got the chance to spend an afternoon walking the orchards with Martin to learn the history and gleen wisdom from his experiences planting and maintaing an orchard here.  The walk played a key role in our educational process, and the apples form the orchard are playing a key role in our health and happiness this fall as we laugh over cold apple cider, enjoy hot apple cobler, and put up apple preserves for the weekend.

Many thanks to Martin for his forsight and follow through with the orchard, and for his willingness to share his information.

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