Temperate Orchard Conservancy (TOC), was established in March 2012 and is an Oregon nonprofit Corporation 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving and sharing the genetic diversity of tree fruits that can be grown in the temperate climate zones of the United States and other countries and conducting research in the areas of tree fruit identification and genetic testing. TOC began by cloning the Botner collection as well as other select orchards.
TOC has attracted the attention of Cary Fowler, former executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, and founder of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault buried deep beneath Norway’s permafrost. Cary believes that protecting the diversity of tree fruits is directly in line with his mission to preserve the genetic diversity of the world’s seeds. He has assisted TOC in obtaining two large grants. The 2015 grant provided the funds necessary for fencing the 17-acre Botner Block and the one-acre Dunlap Block. In 2016, Cary and his wife Amy Goldman provided a grant to help with the cost of a new agricultural well, irrigation, and necessary construction work. TOC is deeply indebted to Cary for his encouragement, expertise and support.
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The Heart of TOC
Temperate Orchard Conservancy was the dream of Joanie Cooper, the founder and President of the organization. Joanie envisioned a successful farm, resplendent with fruit trees. The Apples of New York are just two of many books she studies to uncover the mysteries of heirloom apples. When an apple is rediscovered, it can start anew at Almaty Farm. TOC is a foundation for apple diversity; a safe haven for the many fruits that were once “favorites” but have slipped into obscurity. The dream has become reality. With work the farm will be the reservoir of apple genetics. The first steps have been taken. The future beckons.