A legacy of farm, trees and…apples!

We’ve been green here for a looooong time! Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley townships have launched two anniversary programs to recognize a cherished and valued part of the area’s history as part of the upcoming 200th anniversary celebrations. The Legacy Farms program recognizes farms that have been in the same family for 100, 150 or 200 years.

They will be eligible for designation and to receive a sign recognizing the age of the farm. As well, Legacy Trees are being identified based on age, size or cultural significance. They, too, will receive a designation. A culmination of these two concepts can be seen in the “Lanark Greening Apple” project. In the late 1800s, a farmer named Robert Anderson from Fallbrook (in what is now Tay Valley Township) cultivated a fine, hard, cooking apple hailed the Lanark Greening Apple.

It was popular for its longevity and for the cider it produced. Members of the Legacy Farm sub-committee believe they have identified local trees that produce this apple and plan to recognize them and, possibly, offer cuttings as part of the anniversary celebrations.

Learn more at http://www.tayvalleytwp.ca/en/discover-tay-valley/legacy-designations.asp.