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A list of resources for the novice fruit grower or cidermaker, the industry professional, and those who simply wish to visit Vintage Viginia Apples & Albemarle Ciderworks and dip their toes in the pool of fruit-related knowledge.




  • Heritage Harvest Festival
    Heritage Harvest Festival, held annually in September at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Vintage Virginia Apples is one of the sponsors and participants in this event.
  • North American Fruit Explorers
    North American Fruit Explorers "is a network of individuals throughout the United States and Canada devoted to the discovery, cultivation and appreciation of superior varieties of fruits and nuts."  Organized in the 1960s as a round robin letter correspondence among fruit enthusiasts, NAFEX meets annually in different parts of the country to explore topics of interest.  It includes interest groups on many fruits, but apples remain a major theme.  It's journal, POMONA, is published online.
  • California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG)
    California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) has a general interest in all aspects of fruit growing with a primary focus on semitropical fruits and on fruits and vegetables.
  • Backyard Fruit Growers
    Backyard Fruit Growers provides an exchange of information for amateurs and others in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • Slow Food
    Slow Food's catalog of apple varieties included in the Ark of Taste for preservation awareness


Horticultural Information Sites


Scionwood Resources

  • Big Horse Creek Farm
    A Family-owned orchard and nursery in the mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina focused on preservation of heirloom apple varieties.
  • Maple Valley Orchards
    A large selection of scionwood from antique apple varieties from a nursery in Gillett, Wisconsin.
  • Satyr Fen Farm
    A farm in Willis, Virginia raising heriloom sheep, geese, horses and - of course - apples.
  • Fedco Trees                                                                                                                                                                                   


Fruit Catalogs and Libraries



  • Cidernomics

a wonderful blog on the economics of all things cider, by Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders

  • Of Apples and Cider                                                                                                                                     
    website for Claude Jolicoeur, author of The Cidermaker's Handbook                                                                      


Sites of Local Interest/Places to Stay in Central Virginia