The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring its 2014 Heritage Apple Day on Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 until 2:00 at the Cashiers Community Center. This popular annual event celebrates our region’s history by identifying and preserving ancient apple varieties throughout the Valley and in surrounding communities. Folks are encouraged to bring cuttings from their favorite apple trees, even those that have long since produced fruit, to graft onto the provided rootstock – all free of charge! Also on hand will be a large supply of cuttings (scions) for grafting.
At 10am, Cashiers Historical Society Historian, Jane Nardy, will be on hand to chat about apples, regional heritage, and other interesting lore & legend. Then Cashiers’ residents’ Trevor Howard, Will Wardowski, and others will provide a workshop and demonstration of apple grafting techniques. NCSU Area Agriculture Agent, Christine Bredenkamp, will be on hand to offer tips on site selection, preparation, pollination requirements, pest control, and training & pruning. Anyone interested in gardening, orchards, natural landscaping, or the social heritage of apple growing will benefit from the knowledge and experience offered by this group of experts.
Due to the success of previous events over 1,000 young apple trees are now entering their early seasons, soon to be offering fruit for many generations. This is a great opportunity for the young, and young at heart, to contribute to the environment by planting their own fruit tree.
This year the Historical Society is donating about 40 newly grafted trees to Full Spectrum Farms, a local initiative serving adults with autism in Western North Carolina. The donation will help populate their on-site working orchard.
Preserving apple varieties developed in the Cashiers Valley is a healthy, delicious, and fun way to learn about local history. The admission is free; the apple trees are free; and complimentary refreshments will be served. However, everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite apple dish or recipe to share with others. For more information call the Cashiers Historical Society at 828/743-7710 – or simply come out on the 15th!Share