As we enter the season for fall fruit, the Apple Core Project has much to celebrate.
A nonprofit organization that was established to preserve heirloom fruit trees in Western Colorado, specifically the West End and Norwood, the Apple Core Project is on a mission to map tree locations, identify trees, as well as graft and plant them.
In the last year, the board has been conducting historical research and interviews with elders in the West End community.
Working in conjunction with the Rimrocker Historical Society and the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, board members say the ACP also seeks to promote the development of local fruit economies, facilitate educational outreach and connect local resources for fruit distribution.
This summer, the Apple Core Project was awarded a $10,000 Paradox Community Challenge Grant for the purpose of continuing its fruit tree work — an award that co-founder Melanie Eggers said the board is very grateful for. The ACP board was selected to present its mission at the Telluride Foundation’s annual meeting July 5.
This spring, the Apple Core Project hosted a workshop for grafting trees using live wood from heirloom apple trees. Some of these trees will be returned to orchard owners, and the remainder will be planted in public spaces or sold in the spring of 2017.
In the meantime, as the apple harvest season begins, the ACP board will work on connecting resources for fruit distribution. Members invite the community to look for local apples and other fruit sales at local farmer’s markets in the next several weeks. The Apple Core Project has a mobile fruit stand and also makes local fruit available at FRESH Food Hub in Norwood.
The board invites the public to learn more about the Apple Core Project by visiting applecoreproject.org and “liking” their Facebook page. Those with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org.