Old Southern Apples Seminar at Horne Creek

Event Description

Horne Creek Living Historical Farm will host a seminar on old southern apples featuring author Lee Calhoun on March 4 from 10:00 to 3:00. Calhoun will discuss the research behind his authoritative book, Old Southern Apples, a description of over 1800 apple varieties unique to the South.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear from the most knowledgeable source about the historic apples of our region," says Lisa Turney, Site Manager of Horne Creek Living Historical Farm." In 1997, Lee donated trees, grafted from his collection of Southern heirloom apple trees, to establish the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard at Horne Creek Farm. This collection of over 400 apple varieties is a unique treasure and source of information for home gardeners, commercial apple growers, and cidermakers, as well as anyone interested in the agricultural history of our region."

In addition to a presentation from Calhoun, the Old Southern Apple Seminar includes a tour of the orchard, as well as a panel discussion and research information on apples suited for hard cidermaking. Jason Bowen, HCF's Horticulturist who manages the orchard, and Diane Flynt, founder of Foggy Ridge Cider, the first cidery in the South, will participate in the panel discussion.

Flynt says, "Hard cidermakers are interested in highly flavored apples and many of the old southern varieties that Lee Calhoun researched have value for cidermaking today. Varieties like Winter Jon and Hewe's Crab contribute much more flavor and nuance to beverage making than most modern apples."

The March 4 seminar is open to the public. Seating is limited to 60 people. Pre­registration is required. Reservations can be made by calling Horne Creek Farm at 336 325-2298. Payment of $45, plus 7% sales tax, includes, lunch, handouts and an orchard tour.