Location: Big Horse Creek Farm, Lansing, North Carolina
Featuring: Ron and Suzanne Joyner of Big Horse Creek Farm
Apples were pivotal to the establishment of American agriculture by frontier settlers. Without Ron and Suzanne Joyner, apples would now be mostly forgotten. Having always believed that heirloom fruits and vegetables are critical in an agriculturally homogenous society, they became protégés of Lee Calhoun. Lee taught Ron and Suzanne how to graft and preserve apple trees. With this knowledge they moved to the mountains of Ashe County where they now raise almost 400 different varieties. They are “collector’s and propagators” on a mission to seek out, collect, and preserve the precious few heritage apple varieties still in existence. They are preservationists.
Preservationists are seeking out, collecting, and propagating heritage varieties to secure their enjoyment and appreciation by future generations.