SANDPOINT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE CENTER – WEST AG INFORMATION NETWORK


SANDPOINT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE CENTER

“My name is Kyle Nagy.

My title here is orchard superintendent and operations manager.

This is the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center.

At the start of the year, the trees are still pretty bare here at the University of Idaho’s Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center in northern Idaho, but that’s a different story later when the growing season begins. harvest begins.

“Our center focuses on sustainable and organic agriculture in Idaho. We kind of focus on our orchard here, we have a certified organic orchard that specializes in heirloom and heirloom apple varieties,” Nagy said. “So we have about 70 different varieties of apples that we’re growing right now, plus a handful of pears, plums and cherries. And then we also have about a thousand feet of raspberry rows.

Everyone thinks there are the 10 varieties you see at the grocery store, but since colonial times there have been over 16,000 named apple varieties in the United States and Canada alone.

The orchard was started around 2008 by Dennis Pence, founder and CEO of Coldwater Creek, based here in Sandpoint. He hoped to recreate an orchard he remembered growing up in Ohio.

So he kind of developed the orchard plan and everything and built the nice facility that we have here for his use for the nonprofits and charities that he had in the area. And then the university acquired the property in 2018. I’ve been on site here since 2011 managing the orchard so I tell everyone I’m like the old mule they just sold me with the farm so I’m came with the property.

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