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The future of heirloom apples at Gould Hill(NH)

greygarious | May 14, 2008 11:40 AM

Last fall when I made my annual visit to Gould Hill Orchard in Contoocook NH, there were realtor signs on the building. I asked in the orchard store and was told that while the buildings and land on that side of the road were for sale, the other side, where most of the trees are, was not, and they hoped to be able to continue. Today, checking their website,, there was a link to info on civic organization efforts to acquire the property and maintain it as a working orchard. They are looking for people to buy shares and trying to drum up voter support for the continuation of the orchard. Gould Hill is one of the major preservers of heirloom varieties. They grow and sell dozens of varieties which are rarely grown today, and the trees are a living museum of the history of the apple. If I understand correctly, the orchard store WILL be open this season, starting in August. The historic barn which contains the store is also home to a little nature museum, which is a great opportunity for families to see interesting natural artifacts close-up.

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