LEEDS — Apple expert John Bunker will present a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Town Office, 8 Community Drive.

Bunker will touch on the history of apples in Maine, his fruit explorations, the hard cider industry and the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity. Attendees who have their own apple trees are encouraged to bring fruit for identification.

Referred to as an apple “guru” and “whisperer,” Bunker describes himself as a “fruit explorer,” searching for rare and unusual fruit varieties to save and reintroduce in Maine.

Bunker has been farming in Maine for over 40 years. In 1984 he started Fedco Trees and has served on and was past president of the board at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. He is the founder of MOFGA’s Maine Heritage Orchard.

A graduate of Colby College, He is the author of “Not Far from the Tree,” a book outlining the history of apples in Palermo.

The program is open to the public. Cost is a suggested $5 donation. Refreshments will be served.

FMI: 207-933-4121.


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