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Today, the orchard is home to 140 heirloom varieties, grown from wood cuttings snipped from trees found in niche orchards, rural backyards, and other sources across the Southeast—two trees of each, or “a Noah’s Ark of Southern apples,” as both Fuder and Mihm describe it. The work has yielded not just a cache of apple trees but also of oral histories from across the state.
The folks in Blairsville don’t just eat their green beans. They celebrate them. In song.
With all the interest right now in home canning and food preservation, wouldn’t it be great if there were a place in your community where you could process food quickly and inexpensively, using large-scale equipment to improve efficiency?