Albert Etter photo from 1943 and a Pink Pearl Apple at the Etter orchard. Photos courtesy of Tom Hart.
Our October 13th special event, via Zoom, will focus on apples, cider, and orchards with a view into the life and accomplishments of the pomologist and plant breeder, Albert Felix Etter.
Albert was one of the most talented plant breeders of the 20th century. He established his homestead experiment station amongst the wilderness of the Lost Coast in Humboldt County. It was here that he successfully bred new varieties of fruit, nuts and grain. This program will focus specifically on his apple breeding program and his legacy as it pertains to the apple and cider world.
As a special treat, attendees are invited to order a taster four-pack of select hard ciders from the Humboldt Cider Company. We'll enjoy guided tastings throughout the talk. Order your ciders early - quantities are limited. Cider for this event is sold out, but do join us for a lively discussion.
Registration, at EventBrite, is $10 for members and $18.00 for non-members. (EventBrite will also collect a small fee from registrants.)
Register for the talk and save your space at this link: Eventbrite Registration.
A recording of the talk is available, via this link, on YouTube.
About our Speakers
Tom Hart is co-owner of Humboldt Cider Company in Eureka, CA.
He lives amongst the Redwoods with his wife, Leigh, one-year-old, Carson, and their two dogs. Tom enjoys exploring abandoned homestead orchards throughout the California Coastal Range and collecting scionwood for his tree repository. He is proud to say that Carson's first food was an Ettersburg pear and his first camping trip was to the Albert Etter homestead this past summer.
Brandon Buza is a San Francisco-based fermentation geek with a passion for cider, wine and all things sourdough. After many years of making wine with the help of long-time friend and natural wine making legend Tony Coturri, he was introduced to craft cider and soon found himself enrolled in Peter Mitchell’s Cider & Perry Academy in the U.K. Brandon’s interest in cider extends to all facets of the craft. He is a partner in a 500+ acre organic apple and pear orchard in Yakima, WA, volunteers with the orcharding team at the Historic Filoli Estate in Woodside, CA, has visited the top cider makers from coast to coast and won several prestigious awards for his own cider. He has also served as a judge for the Portland International Cider Cup and the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, aka ‘GLINTCAP’. Brandon also oversees the Good Food Awards’ Cider category. During the fall months Brandon has been known to hop in his car looking for old forgotten apple trees to harvest for cider.