Beginning with his own pomological history, Dan Bussey will describe cider-making and cider-sampling as a child in Wisconsin, and the movement of apples out of Kazakhstan, into Europe and eventually into North America. He will describe his role as the orchard manager for Seed Savers Exchange, speak about the merits of Johnny Appleseed, and conclude with a discussion of the best strategies for preserving heritage apple varieties.
Dan Bussey’s encyclopedic knowledge of apple provenance and the historic culture surrounding the fruit is astounding. Rare is the variety that he hasn't researched, tasted or grafted himself. Bussey’s expertise is largely founded on a lifelong curiosity regarding what he terms "the lexicon of apple names," a journey that began with his first nursery catalog (a single-page typewritten catalog from Otto Baum’s in Fairfield, Conn.) and continues today as he finishes his forthcoming book (tentatively titled The Apple in North America), which describes 20,000 named apple varieties.
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