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We are passionate about saving forgotten heritage apple tree varieties. Support us to propagate apple trees on the brink of extinction.
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At the Hobart markets selling our maiden heritage apple trees.
At the Hobart markets selling our maiden heritage apple trees.

Our Story - from Humble Beginnings...

Here in Cradoc Tasmania, in the beautiful Huon Valley, we love the taste of old fashioned apples and the idea of families and friends picking fresh apples from their own tree.There are many wonderful taste sensations of heritage apples to discover – sadly however, these rare apples are in danger of being lost forever.

In Tasmania, once known as the 'Apple Isle’ we are seeing a resurgence in the production of cider and demand for heritage apples. Some farmers and orchardists are ditching the use of chemicals and moving towards sustainable agriculture – free from chemicals. This makes the locally brewed cider even more appealing!

Here at the Free Settlers Historical Plant Nursery, Grant and I (Rowena) have been grafting and growing a range of heritage apples for cooking, cider and simply to eat straight from the tree. We've been selling maiden trees (1st year old) at local markets and recently we have been taking the delicious fruit along as well.

The response to our heritage apple trees at the markets and the wonderful flavour of the apples has been overwhelming. Grant’s extensive expertise, gained from working in the nursery and orchard industry for over 30 years is reflected in the robust health and well-being of our tree seedlings.

We feel good, that we are not only helping to secure the future of yesteryear apple trees organically, but we feel we are helping re-awaken Tasmania’s future as the “Apple Isle” once again.

Heritage apples taste and smell soooo good!
Heritage apples taste and smell soooo good!

Why we need your help?

To secure the future of our heritage apples, we need your help to plant out heritage apple trees grafted and grown from last Winter 2013. These are our stock trees, that we will use to produce scion wood, to be later grafted on rootstock - which will be sold as trees in the future.

The funds generated by this Kickstarter project will help us plant, protect and care for over two hundred trees to start with on our own 11 acre property here in Cradoc, Tasmania and set up the second stage of our nursery production.

We need to start planting this Winter 2014 to raise heritage apple tree seedlings for Winter 2015. We want to save many of the 200+ varieties of  heritage apples (that you often won't find in the supermarkets) to safe-keep genetic diversity and for everyone to savour their truly delicious flavour.  Please take a look at our REWARDS page. We appreciate your support.

Grant visiting Port Arthur Historic Site to collect apple scion wood.
Grant visiting Port Arthur Historic Site to collect apple scion wood.
Everyone can have a piece of history and enjoy great tasting heritage apples!

Risks and challenges

We have the expertise to graft and grow, protect and nurture young heritage apple trees into the future. We have the acreage to accommodate the stock trees.

Mother nature is our greatest risk, like most people earning a living from the land bushfire being our greatest threat. Your contribution will help towards setting up appropriate irrigation that will not only help water the trees but help ensure their survival against the threat of fire.

Other risks include wildlife (wallabies, possums). Appropriate fencing will reduce the impact on young stock trees. Your contribution will help with fencing costs to protect the trees.

We feel confident, due to our knowledge in grafting and caring for young trees, that this heritage apple orchard will be around for years to come but need your support to kick start the project.

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About US$ 7

    We appreciate your kindness and support! We'll send you a hand written thank you note + will recognise your generosity to the 'Forgotten Apple Project' at www.freesettlersnursery.com

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    You have helped plant an apple tree! We'll send you a hand written thank you note with a divinely delicious recipe for 'Pioneer's Apple and Cinnamon Cake' + a big thankyou on our website + recognition of your generosity in our 'Free Settlers Historical Plant Nursery' winter edition online newsletter.

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    Pledge AU$ 54 or more About US$ 37

    A big thank you! You have helped plant an apple tree in our orchard. We will graft a heritage apple tree for you this Winter 2014, this plant will be ready and mailed to you the following Winter 2015 as bare rooted stock for planting in your garden (includes postage and handling) + a hand written thank you note + a big thank you on our website. (Sorry we temporarily can't ship to WA residence at this time).

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About US$ 69

    Thank you for your generosity and help towards our goal of preparing our heritage apple orchard site. We will graft 2 heritage apple trees for you this Winter 2014(includes postage and handling), these plants will be ready and mailed to you the following Winter 2015 as bare rooted stock for planting in your very own garden. Plus, you'll receive plant care instructions + 3 of our favourite heritage apple recipes from yesteryear + a big thank you on our website + a listing as a supporter in our Free Settlers newsletter. We really appreciate your support!
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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About US$ 172

    You have helped us plant 10 apple trees in our heritage orchard thank you! You will be sent a nifty thank you card, with a list of heritage plant varieties, inviting you to select up to 5 heritage apple trees or heritage roses for your garden. These will be sent to you in Winter 2015. Plus you will be listed as a supporter on our website. Thank you for your kind and generous support!

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About US$ 344

    You have helped us plant 20 apple trees in our heritage orchard thank you! You will be sent a nifty thank you card, with a list of heritage plant varieties, inviting you to select up to 10 heritage apple trees or heritage roses for your garden. These will be sent to you in Winter 2015. We will recognise your generosity with a hand crafted memorial plaque placed near the apple avenue you helped to plant. You will be listed as a supporter on our website. A massive thank you for your support!

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    Pledge AU$ 750 or more About US$ 515

    You have helped us plant 30 apple trees in our heritage orchard thank you! You will be sent a nifty thank you card, with a list of heritage plant varieties, inviting you to select up to 15 heritage apple trees or heritage roses for your garden. These will be sent to you in Winter 2015. We will recognise your generosity with a hand crafted memorial plaque placed near the apple avenue you helped to plant. We will also send you a small original hand drawn coloured ink rendering of a heritage apple and you will be listed as a supporter on our website. A massive thank you for your super generous support!

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About US$ 687

    You have helped us plant and protect 40 apple trees in our heritage orchard thank you! You will be sent a nifty thank you card, with a list of heritage plant varieties, inviting you to select up to 20 heritage apple trees or heritage roses for your garden from our growing varieties. These will be sent to you in Winter 2015. We will recognise your generosity with a hand crafted memorial plaque placed near the apple avenue you helped to plant. We will send you a Free Settlers "how to" prune fruit trees and roses DVD and you will be listed as a founding supporter on our website. You have helped us take a huge step closer to our dream, our sincerest, heartfelt thanks for your wonderfully generous support!!!

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