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April 7, 2018
Organic Orcharding 101
    North Garden, Virginia

Growing fine fruit is a complex enterprise, requiring skill and care to produce the best results. Today, our commercial orchards depend largely on chemical assistance to ward off depredations from insects and disease. This can seem daunting to the small or casual gardener, but growing one’s own fruit remains an attractive and rewarding endeavor for many of us. There are many ways to address these issues and Vintage Virginia Apples is delighted to welcome Michael Phillips, the country’s leading authority on organic fruit culture, for a workshop on orcharding with ecological awareness.  

Jenn Detweiler (

May 5, 2018
Cider: From Graft to Bottle
    St-Henri deLĂ©vis, Quebec

This day begins with a grafting workshop in the morning, with observations by the astute Claude Jolicoeur of which cider apples work best in Quebec. The afternoon moves on to the making of exquisite cider. Mark Gleonec, a cider specialist from Brittany, will give a Breton perspective; Émile Robert will speak on cider chemistry; and Claude Jolicoeur will reveal his own award-winning techniques. All in French ... so be sure you can parlez vous.

Claude Jolicoeur

June 2 - 3, 2018
Saturday - Sunday
Holistic Orchard Intensive
    Groveton, New Hampshire

Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear -- we can have beautiful fruit grown without chemical intervention. Sustainable agriculture works only when we have fun and get people involved with growing healthy food. Michael's workshops point the way for organic apple growers to meet their unique site challenges.

Michael Phillips (

June 28 - 30, 2018
Thursday - Saturday
Ecological Orcharding
    Craftsbury Common, VT

Three days of hands-on learning about holistic orcharding and ecosystem advantage with Michael Phillips as part of the School of the New American Farmstead series at Sterling College.  This course presents a whole system-based approach for producing delicious, nutritionally dense fruit. You will learn the tricks of cultivating a thriving, diverse orchard that is naturally resilient to pests and disease and has beneficial fungal dynamics. We will cover how to improve the biology of the orchard and soil to support optimal production, developing an understanding of the mutual benefits of diverse orchard plantings, pollinators and beneficial insects, and soil fertility and microbiome. We will also learn to create natural sprays that boost plant immune response, explore the role of mycorrhizal fungi in supporting plant health and soil fertility, and receive instruction on techniques for managing and maintaining year-round orchards for optimal growth. Best of all, the third day of this course brings you to Lost Nation Orchard to see the complete tapestry in action.


November 9 - 12, 2018
Friday - Monday
Soil Care Conference
    Coolangatta, Australia

Crikey, mate! Our apple grower heads down under for some international intrigue after the harvest season. Michael Phillips will offer up a plenary keynote on Soil Redemption, a full-day intensive on Successful Biological Orcharding, along with two breakout sessions aimed at building healthy soil for all sorts of farming systems. 

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