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This Retired Chemical Engineer Has Saved Over 1,000 ‘Lost’ Apple Varieties From Extinction: “I Like the Challenge”

Brendan O’Leary writes in The Cool Down about a retired chemical engineer who is using his conservation skills to save apples.

The C3 Take
  • After learning that commercial growers were prioritizing only a select few types of apples–which was causing many other apple varieties to disappear–Tom Brown decided to take action.
  • In the 90’s Brown began collecting these “lost” apple varieties and growing them in his orchard in Appalachia.
  • To date, Brown has saved over 1,200 apples from extinction and has no plans of stopping any time soon.

“He would not find himself wondering for too long. Already in search of a retirement hobby, the timing felt right to explore what he referred to as ‘a calling’ to search for lost apple varieties. After connecting with a small community of rare orchard growers and diving into extensive research, Brown began to track down forgotten fruit trees and share their produce again with the world.”

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