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Community Program: Big Apples, Big Business – How Washington Became the Apple State

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

Why do so many apples in the grocery store look the same? And why do so many come from Washington? In this talk, explore how Washington became the top apple producing state in the country, and how, in the process, it transformed apples into an industrialized commodity. Many regions in the West attempted to grow apples, but in Washington, big apples became big business thanks to the work of scientists, investors, irrigators, railroad corporations, marketers, and apple growers. How does the history of Washington apples reflect larger changes happening in the American food system—changes that continue to affect our environment and the way we eat today?

Amanda L. Van Lanen is a Professor of History at Lewis-Clark State College and the author of The Washington Apple: Orchards and the Development of Industrial Agriculture. She earned a Ph.D. in history at Washington State University, and blogs about food history at historyreheated.com. Van Lanen lives in Asotin.


May 18
10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT


Woodinville Heritage Society


Brightwater Education Center
22505 State Route 9
Woodinville, WA 98072 United States
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