The Legacy of Old Apple Varieties in Southern Agriculture

Lacking good soil fertility, many early Southern farmers used slash-and burn-agriculture to support apple cultivation. After learning methods of intercropping trees, finding cures to fire blight and other fungal diseases, the old apple trees and varieties of the South are now at risk of disappearing from our national table. This excerpt, from Old Southern Apples, Revised and Expanded Edition by Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr., details the methods used in Southern agriculture to cultivate these rare, old apple varieties.

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