Press Release: October 3, 2016
Media Contact: Rob Levin, rlevin@coa.edu; 207-664-3702
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Maine Professor Saves Vanishing Heirloom Apples

BAR HARBOR — Todd Little-Siebold, a professor of history at College of the Atlantic, embarked on a mission eight years ago to save regional apple varieties on the verge of extinction.

While only six varieties of Maine apples – compared to over 1500 in 1850 – are available today, the good news is that Little-Siebold has joined with other apple lovers and growers to rediscover and propagate lost varieties for future generations. Their work is part of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s effort to identify and regrow heirloom varieties at the Maine Heritage Orchard at Unity. To date, 300 trees have been planted there.

Little-Siebold can discuss the impact of these efforts on both good apple eating this fall – and the regional apple industry for years to come.

About COA: Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic was the first college in the U.S. to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. In 2016, the Sierra Club named College of the Atlantic the #1 Green College in the United States. The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty members offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in human ecology – the study of how humans interact with our natural, social and technological environments. Each student develops their own course of study in human ecology, working across multiple disciplines, collaborating, innovating, and thinking far outside the box.


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