I need $1,500 to fund my trip to the Noah's Ark of apple orchards to sculpt some of the 2500 endangered varieties grown there. The Plant Genetics Resource Unit is in Geneva, New York.* Thanks to apple curator Philip Forsline, there are over 2500 varieties of apples from all over the world growing there, in part to help diversify and possibly save the more common apples we know. I'm a sculptor. I love plants, fruits and endangered trees. This is my heaven, this orchard. Harvest is September to early October. I'd love your help to get there.
*I learned about the Plant Genetics Resource Unit in the book The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, whose writing about apples and his subversive take on our place in nature inspired this project.
**Clonal apples at USDA Geneva site Photo credit: Keith Weller
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