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Uncultivated

Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living
Narrated by: Brett Barry
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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Long before the advent of conventional farming methods - which have focused on constant growth, human intervention, and genetic homogeneity - the apple had already grown to become the ubiquitous all-American symbol it is today. Known for their hardiness, ability to adapt to new environments, natural diversity, and plentiful bounty, wildly grown apples were once known as “America’s fruit” throughout the trading world. Yet those apple trees - known as pippins - have nearly vanished from the American agricultural landscape, and so, too, have the complexities and nuances of wild apples and their cider. Andy Brennan, founder of Aaron Burr Cidery in upstate New York, has been making a case for their return.

In his new book, Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living, Brennan’s hero is the tenacious wild apple and the superior cider it produces. In candid and at times philosophical prose, he shares his decades-long experience working with naturalized trees - from discovering new tastes and textures to understanding how the wild apple tree guided him toward a successful, environmentally conscious business. At the heart of his story is Brennan’s faith in nature, and its unfailing ability to deliver us from our own mistakes.

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©2019 Andy Brennan (P)2019 Chelsea Green Publishing

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  • 03-09-2019

The world we create is the world the trees live in

Amazing! If you love Michael Pollan, Mark Kurlansky and Richard Powers, then this book is right up your alley. So much more than just about the apples. Andy ties it all together - history, philosophy and a mindful connection to craft and the earth. I didn't have much interest in cider, but was rapt by the insight on how to forge your own path in business and life whilst grounded in a true love of the earth and it's fruit. The performance is a little weird at first, but you get used to it and it quickly fades away.

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  • 23-03-2020

David Rose

Inspirational we will continue our quest to produce cider from wild apples thank you farmeco.co.uk