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Temperate Orchard Conservancy

A place where fruit varieties find refuge …
Where trees live and thrive in safety …
Where our heritage is preserved forever

Temperate Orchard Conservancy (TOC) was established in March 2012 to preserve and share the genetic diversity of tree fruits that are grown in the temperate climate zones of the world. TOC has nearly completed cloning the largest private collection of heirloom apple trees in the United States, the Botner Collection. The trees, some 4,500 distinct apple varieties, are being established at their permanent home, Almaty Farm in Molalla, Oregon. By the end of May 2016, TOC had grafted approximately 5,000 of the Botner apples varieties; about 3,500 are planted in nursery rows in the Dunlap Block, and another 1,500 newly-grafted trees are in pots under shade cloth. We have lost many trees to anthracnose or other diseases and are taking notes and listing those varieties so that we can cut those scions this winter and graft them again next spring. In addition to the Botner apples, we have added other heirlooms from generous collectors across the country. akane