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Apples Far and Near: From Prehistory to Modern Genome Projects
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
New York, NY
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Apples Far and Near: From Prehistory to Modern Genome Projects

"Apples Far and Near: From Prehistory to Modern Genome Projects"
Elizabeth Ryan, Anne Mendelson and Erik Baard

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

At least two centuries before New York was the Big Apple, apples grown in and around this city were being shipped to London and other European capitals and admired by discriminating fruit lovers. And millennia before that, apples of peerless quality grew wild in dense mountain forests stretching hundreds of miles along the future Silk Road territories beyond China's western borders.

Our October 10 program combines these story lines. CHNY's Anne Mendelson will first briefly outline the genetic mysteries of apples from their prehistoric origins in the western Asian "Mountains of Heaven" to today's supermarket shelves. She will be followed by Erik Baard, who will trace New York City's special link to apple history through the famous eighteenth-century Newtown Pippin cultivaradmired by connoisseurs like Ben Franklin and Thomas Jeffersonand describe the ongoing Green Apple campaign to restore two apple originals to this city through organized plantings: our own Newtown Pippin and the wild Central Asian ancestor of all domesticated apples. Elizabeth Ryan, who began growing apples a quarter of a century ago at Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, New York, will talk about once and future apple-growing and cider-making in the New York area.

Elizabeth Ryan is a Cornell-trained pomologist with a longstanding interest in sustainable farming, agricultural activism, and bridge-building between farmers and urban consumers. She owns several orchards in the Hudson Valley and is also founder and CEO of the Hudson Valley Draft Cider Company. Erik Baard is a journalist, environmental activist, and director of the Newtown Pippin Green Apple Foundation. Anne Mendelson is an apple-lover, longtime CHNY member, and author of Milk (Knopf, 2008).

Ticket price includes a tasting of many fall apple varieties along with artisanal Hudson Valley cider and historic and traditional apple dishes.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
417 East 61st Street (between 1st Avenue and York)
New York, New York 10065

6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

$25 CHNY and MVMH Members | $22 CHNY and MVMH Senior & Student Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests

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Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
417 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
United States



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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