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Field Notes: Map of Heritage Orchards and Historic Fruit Trees of the Northwest

I promised when I first started writing this blog, to use it as a cutting edge online laboratory notebook.  I said that because I thought it sounded cool.  I also promised to share my successes and failures…again, it’s the kind of stuff you say right before you get elected.

The failures I don’t mind revealing, especially anything to do with cooking or brewing.  That stuff makes for great material.  But it’s tempting to keep the best for oneself – the most picturesque orchards, the small pool of quality varieties, the perfect accidentally-devised recipes…but sitting here as a scientist at the end of his day, I think it’s a sin to make deliberate omissions in a lab notebook.

Below is a Google Map I use to keep notes on historic orchards and fruit trees from British Columbia to Southern California.  With over 100 coordinates it may take me awhile to visit all of these sites, but as I do I will attempt to track the status of these orchards, the number and condition of the trees, the varieties present and any restoration or maintenance efforts I observe.  Please enjoy these orchards, visit them and work for their preservation and recapitulation.


 

Please utilize the comments section to suggest corrections or to help me add new information. Thanks.

Welcome to THE CELLAR

Adam & Pearl (8 Weeks Old)

My name is Adam. I’m a scientist.

In an expanding and rapidly moving world, that means I’m always learning something new, and collaborating with those uniquely qualified to teach me. Lately I’ve become a protein chemist (my day job), a gastronomist, a husband, a homeowner, an orchardist, and a cider-maker.

I’m most comfortable communicating in equations, diagrams, and long paragraphs of technical prose. This partnership with my wife, Elizabeth, offers a new challenge in an unfamiliar medium: photographs and videos that are as vivid and illuminating as my own experience. I consider this blog a cutting-edge laboratory notebook, logging the inconclusive but ongoing experiment of my life.

So, since this appears to be a kind of abstract, I should probably let you know what to expect:

  • Delight at success, otherwise humor.
  • Excessive amounts of context- allusions to ancient history, conjecture about the distant future, examination of microscopic mechanisms and macroscopic repercussions.
  • An aesthetic that reflects joy in the moments the natural world cooperates with human designs.
  • Newly grafted apple trees, dormant, standing straight in even rows.
  • Flasks and beakers left in mild disarray, my attempts to tame a wild yeast.

Upstairs, in The Kitchen (coming soon!):

  • “Fillets of sole stewing in the juice of tangerines / Slices of green pepper on a bone white dish” (Robert Hass, Song)

And, in my contributions to spousal site All the Dark Rooms:

  • Scratched and paint-flecked antique mahogany, stripped, then smoothed and stained and tacked back around my kitchen doorway… where it belongs.