I like ideas that promote heirloom foods, which are not easy to find at all anymore. Old fruit orchards grow in this part of New Mexico - not many, but they do. And local apples are one of the best things to eat around here (ok, chiles are right up there, too). French Bishop Lamy, who built the beautiful cathedral off the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, had an apple orchard on his "country" place north of Santa Fe along a small river. Bishop's Lodge, a long-popular hotel/spa/restaurant operating on the Bishop's old property, may or may not now still have those orchards. Gary Paul Nabhan and others were concerned that they be preserved.
The apples are so delicious that I find here at the Farmer's Market, and they are not like Red Delicious. Apple trees are everywhere around the river in Tesuque Village, north of Santa Fe past Bishop's Lodge. From Atlantic Monthly, Beyond the Macintosh: Apples do not “come true” from seed, so anyone who wants to taste a wild apple again must learn to graft it. The millions of seedlings that grew from the seeds colonists brought from England—varieties meant for hard cider, not for eating—gave rise to what Bunker calls the “greatest breeding experiment” in history. Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, did not graft any of the apples he brought with him on his treks westward from New England, because his Swedenborgian Church viewed grafting exactly as many religions today view genetic engineering: only God could create an apple.