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Apple Core Project aims to revive rural heirloom fruit production

Western San Miguel and Montrose Counties, which edge up against the Utah border in a vast patchwork of red rock canyons, juniper forests and sage-covered mesas, are better known for their extractive pasts than their fruit production. 

But look closer into the history of the area, and you’ll find a surprisingly robust industry of stone fruit horticulture. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has the story.

This story is part of Western Slope Resources Reporting, a collaboration between community radio stations KOTO, KBUT, KVNF, KDNK, and KSJD. It provides in-depth coverage of how people and organizations are finding creative and positive ways to overcome natural resource-related challenges in the region.

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