"From off my Father's tree!" Apples of New England and the Dickinson Family Orchard

"From off my Father's tree!" Apples of New England and the Dickinson Family Orchard
April 24, 2016 10AM-11:30AM

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church -

I keep it, staying at Home -

With a Bobolink for a Chorister -

And an Orchard, for a Dome -

-Fr. 236

Like many 19th century New England families, the Dickinsons grew much of the produce they ate. The ackreage of their Amherst home included trellises bearing grapevines, fig, cherry, and plum trees, and an orchard of apples and pears. References to orchards and the fruit they bear can be found throughout Emily Dickinson's poetry and letters. In 2016 the Museum is reinstating a representative orchard on the grounds of the Homestead, to further illustrate life in the Dickinson's era.

On April 24, join author and pomologist Russell Powell for a lecture at the Museum on the rich tradition of apple growing and a tour of the newly reinstated Dickinson family orchard. Tickets are $10 adults; $8 Museum members; $5 students k-12. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Hatfield, Massachusetts, resident Russell Steven Powell served as executive director of the New England Apple Association from 1998 to 2011, and since then has been its senior writer. He publishes the weblog newenglandorchards.org, and is the author of Apples of New England (Countryman Press), and America’s Apple (Brook Hollow Press). His other books are My Interview with James Baldwin, and the forthcoming Outgrowing the Crew-Cut Lawn: Gardening in an Age of Climate Change. 

Powell was founding editor and publisher of New England Watershed Magazine, named Best New Publication of 2006 by Utne Reader. He produced and directed the award-winning video documentary Shack Time (2001), about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and his oil paintings and prints have been exhibited in New York City, Virginia, and across Massachusetts.