Wow guys. I'm so glad I asked here!
Dave, that is exactly the kind of advice I am looking for. I am looking for our extension here in KC to see if I can match up the local pests/disease resistance/blooming times/kind of apples/heartiness I want so I can maximize my chance of success. I love to learn new things too, and it manifests itself in the 500 projects I have going on.
I've also just bought the book Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider by Annie Proulx as it has some information in there about home orchards. A club member and good friend (who is quite good at cider making) has been pointing me in the right direction as well, so hopefully we can actually make this happen!
And Jeff, I'll be at NHC this year. I'll be sure to be at that seminar!
If you are going to do apples are you going to become a beekeeper as well? Home grown honey sure would be nice;)
Quit enabling me!
It is going to be a poster board talk, with samples. You will have to look for it. The club got 5 gallons of each blend, which is not enough for the size of the seminars these days.
That book is by the same Annie Proulx that wrote "The Shipping News" and "Brokeback Mountain". Her books of Wyoming stories are good reads, but none of the stories have happy endings.