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Will Apples Fuel Local Economic Development?

Martha Teal

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project recently completed an Orchard Market Study with two major findings: First, Montezuma County has the highest concentration and number of old orchards--that is those planted before 1920--in the State of Colorado, and these apple trees are best used as a valuable genetic reservoir. Second, there’s an abundance of juice apples that were planted in the 1930s and 40s that are ideal for juice or cider operations. 

Now MORP has received a $43,000 grant to launch a pilot project to see if apples can be brought to market feasibly.  KSJD’s Jeff Pope talked with Nina Williams about the pilot, the community effort needed to mount it and the impact it could have.

Contact to volunteer to pick, sort and process apples

Click here to find out about the Dolores Fall Harvest Festivaland Orchard Social.

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