Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP) works to preserve Colorado's fruit growing heritage and restore an orchard culture and economy to the southwestern region. Your financial support will help MORP reach its vision of southwestern Colorado being renowned for an orchard culture and economy based on the legendary quality and diversity of Montezuma Valley Fruits.
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Phase I, Purchase of Orchard Property: MORP has identified an historically significant orchard property that will allow it to expand the impact of its program areas by acquiring a location to provide harvest and juicing infrastructure and service crew housing to achieve its vision of southwestern Colorado being renowned for an orchard culture and economy based on the legendary quality and diversity of Montezuma Valley Fruits.
In addition, on the property, MORP will preserve Colorado's historic apple varieties as a genetic bank / conservation orchard of national importance. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, it will implement best practices in irrigation efficiency and house an educational center to demonstrate the value of the orchard culture and water conservation to the region.
Phase II: Once MORP secures orchard property, it will build harvest and juicing infrastructure and acquire mobile juicing equipment to turn the region's abundant apple crop (50,000 bushel potential), that now mostly goes to waste, into a value-added product to benefit the people of Colorado. In the end, every gulp of apple juice and cider made as a result of this project will directly support the mission of restoring historic, heritage orchards in our state.