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 2017, TOC had grafted approximately 4,900 apple varieties; about 3,600 are planted in nursery rows in the Dunlap Block, and another 1,300 newly-grafted trees are in pots under shade cloth. We have lost trees to anthracnose and other diseases and are listing those varieties so they can be regrafted.

In addition to the Botner apples, we have added other heirlooms from generous collectors across the country.