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Seed Savers Exchange Hosts Heirloom Apple Event in Des Moines, October 6

Posted September 13, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) invites you to partake in a celebration of apple diversity on October 6 at Grade A Gardens in Johnston, Iowa. As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our agricultural heritage, Iowa-based Seed Savers Exchange maintains a collection of hundreds of pre-1900 apple varieties.

The incredibly diverse apple heritage found in the United States has been in steady decline and unfortunately a great majority of heirloom and heritage apple varieties have been lost forever. Seed Savers Exchange is focused on preserving what remains of the U.S. apple heritage, having planted a second orchard in 2012 to bring their total collection to nearly 1,000 heirloom and heritage apple varieties.

You can support SSE’s preservation mission and get a taste of our apple heritage at the upcoming fundraising event Forgotten Tastes: An Heirloom Apple Event on October 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to sample over 50 rare apple varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange orchard, rediscovering old favorites such as ‘Fameuse,’ ‘Minkler Molasses,’ ‘Swayzie,’ and ‘Knobbed Russet.’

Also planned for the event are mini-lectures on heirloom apples, grafting, cider making, and Seed Savers Exchange history delivered by SSE Co-Founder Diane Ott Whealy and Orchard Manager Dan Bussey, one of the foremost apple experts in the U.S. Wine and artisan cheese will be served throughout the afternoon. Tickets for the event are limited, available at for $40, or $35 for Seed Savers Exchange members.

This event is made possible by a sponsorship from Wells Fargo and the help of many volunteers, including members of Seed Savers Exchange and Slow Food Des Moines.

Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Grade A Gardens
9050 NW 62nd Avenue
Johnston, Iowa

Free parking at Iowa Bankers Assoc., 8800 NW 62nd Ave.

Founded in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange operates an 890-acre farm in northeast Iowa where thousands of rare fruit, vegetable, and other plant varieties are regenerated and preserved in a central collection. Its mission is conserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. For information visit

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