31 Jul 2023

Group Representing Maine Apple Growers Turns 150

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Pomological Society Celebrates History During Annual Summer Tour

The Maine Pomological Society celebrated its 150th anniversary during its annual Summer Tour at Vista of Maine Vineyard & Cidery in Greene on July 19. Real Maine was happy to help mark the occasion.

Several of the society’s members were on hand for the milestone and to listen to presenters speak on a range of topics.

One of the presentations was on the history of apple production in Maine by Todd Little-Siebold, a professor at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. He outlined the timeline of apples and their harvesting in our state, which spans more than 400 years. He has also done a great deal of research on the Maine Pomological Society. He praised the connection the group’s members and farmers have had over the past century and a half and the impact they have had.

“The continuity and ongoing work of your organization are incredibly important,” Little-Siebold said.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Deputy Commissioner Nancy McBrady attended and spoke at the event. Also in attendance were Dannel Malloy, chancellor of the University of Maine System, and Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine. Sen. Angus King sent a video message and a representative for Rep. Chellie Pingree congratulated the society. 

A tour of Vista of Maine’s orchards and vineyards followed, led by members of the Ricker family.

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