Researcher Bill Schroder beside a seabuckthorn variety that he helped to develop. This is a thornless cultivar that produces large nutrient rich berries.

Researcher Bill Schroder beside a seabuckthorn variety that he helped to develop. This is a thornless cultivar that produces large nutrient rich berries.

Seabuckthorn berries are considered a nutrient-rich superfood…and best of all, it’s easy to grow seabuckthorn here in North America, even in the poorest soil. In this episode of the Urban Forestry Radio Show host Susan Poizner learns more about the history of this thorny shrub and she learns how to grow it by speaking to research scientist and plant developer Bill Schroeder of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. In the second half of the show Susan speaks to to Joanie Cooper, the president of the Temperate Orchard Conservancy in Molalla, Oregon. Joanie’s organization is cloning America’s large private collection of apple trees – consisting of over 4,500 varieties from around the world. The show’s host is Susan Poizner, creator of the award-winning fruit tree care training website www.orchardpeople.com and author of the award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”.

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