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April 1, 2017
Holistic Apple Scab and Fireblight Control
    Trumansburg, New York

Apple scab and fireblight are two of the biggest disease issues apple growers ever have to contend with in any given season. 2016 was a relatively low pressure year, but who knows what 2017 will look like? In this workshop we will discuss the biology and ecology of each disease, disease cycles, forecasting tools, varietal resistance/susceptibility, control opportunities, and what to do if the inevitable strikes! We will use a variety of approaches to examine trees and leaves, discuss how to assess current year infection potential, and how to use techy forecasting tools to better prepare and holistically manage for these nefarious diseases.

Mike Biltonen

April 8, 2017
Apple Forestry Shebang
    Vergennes, Vermont

The confluence of holistic orcharding and permaculture might suggest we can evoke the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan in producing organic fruit for our communities. Apply principles of agroforestry, dip rootstock in mycorrhizal inoculum, sing the wassail song, and voilá! . . . the apple harvest arrives with plenty for all. Let’s just say we have more than a few things to discuss. Natural advantage can go a long way towards manifesting that healthy apple. Soil life dynamics, efficient photosynthesis, and outrageous diversity set the stage for success. Yet the reality of curculio run amuck, fire blight doom, and black spot unleashed mean we need to better understand the challenges inherent in orcharding as well as the means by which Nature defends her own. Come learn what it takes to be a tree steward with legitimate human goals in these most tenuous of times.

Meghan Giroux

June 3 - 4, 2017
Saturday - Sunday
Holistic Orchard Intensive
    Groveton, New Hampshire

This 'organic apple everything' weekend with Michael Phillips at the farm inspires people to pursue their own orchard dreams. Come gain the practical insights needed to establish your own fruit planting based on the biological systems approach used here at Lost Nation Orchard.

Michael Phillips
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