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Rewilding the orchard

Apples have had many entanglements with history and folklore which have helped curate their image in society. Through the story of Johnny Appleseed and Richard Townsend, apples were commodified into objects used as a tool to privatize land for commercial production.

Today, the consumer-demand forces commercial farms to intensify their apple orchards to produce more fruit per tree, making it more susceptible to feral effects. All the while threats of urban development making it difficult for farmers to continue on with their current conditions.

This project imagines a near future where current growing conditions are no longer sustainable and forces agricultural changes in order for Orange County to remain apple producers and destinations as apple picking agritourism. The project was presented in a narrative form, looking at the apple tree’s lifetime of growth in comparison to the lifetime of a human. Existing farm infrastructure is readapted to house the various new nonhuman actors that are introduced in this re-wilding plan.

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