UNITY – Orchard and fruit enthusiasts got an apple filled weekend at Maine Apple Camp.
“We have about 60 to 70 folks that have signed up for the whole weekend this year,” said Sarah Alexander, the executive director of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. “We expect more people to drop in as well so there’s a real enthusiasm for apples in Maine.”
The camp is put on by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. It’s three days of all things apples.
With workshops, tours and cider sampling, it’s an opportunity to collaborate and learn new ideas about growing apples and preserving them.
“I think people are drawn to the camp for a number of different reasons,” said Laura Sieger, the orchard coordinator. “To learn about the varieties that are available, to learn about what you can do with apples and to learn where you can access these varieties.”
“This camp is an important way for people to connect with each other who are interested in apples,” said Alexander. “It provides an important community and knowledge base to share that even further.”
People from across the United States come to this camp to share their passion for apples.
Nikki Conley is from North Idaho. Kelly Hansen from California. The two were friends at a young age growing up in Springville, California which Hansen said was an apple community.
As they got older and lived in different places and they didn’t talk as much.
They both kept their passion for apples and became orchardists.
“When I say we, it’s comical, we were both doing the same things and we didn’t even know,” said Hansen.
Now they’ve reunited at the camp all while learning new things to bring back to their communities.
The camp started Friday and goes through Sunday. If you’re interested in attending they are accepting drop ins to the Saturday and Sunday sessions.
“Having a space to collaborate and able to discuss things that have been on your mind for months or years with peers from all over the country is a really important thing,” said Sieger. “Good to gather together.”