The University of Idaho will host an open house this weekend, highlighting more than two dozen apple varieties and more. Saturday’s event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of I’s Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center. More than 30 varieties, including new and old varieties from around the world will be on display. In addition, fresh pressed cider will be available for tasting.
The Sandpoint Center has 68 apple varieties, so of which of centuries old. The event will take place in the center’s main building at 10881 N. Boyer Road, Sandpoint.
The orchard was established by Sandpoint businessman Dennis Pence 10 years ago to promote organic agriculture and local foods. In 2018, the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences acquired the 66-acre property. The college uses the center for research and practical education programs sought by small farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The center hosted a heritage orchard conference in May that drew participants from Idaho, Washington, Montana and Oregon. Plans call for holding a similar event in 2020.
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