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Community work days can be a big
help to any local orchardist.
(source: The Principles of Fruit
Growing by L.H. Bailey, 1897, 1926.)
Fruit grown locally comes fresher and tastier. The choice of varieties gets to be astounding. Families who know their farmers share in a vital connection to the land. And that in turn means you are informed about decisions of how that fruit is grown.
The venerable apple is absolutely what it should be when orchardists steward the growing of fruit with health-enhancing practices. Holistic Orcharding goes beyond certified organic, encompasses biodynamic principles, and at the same time is accommodating enough to recognize that some growers -- in some places -- facing certain pressures -- in some seasons -- may indeed feel compelled to use limited allopathic measures to keep a small-scale orchard viable. Ignoring the ecological cost of transporting food from thousands of miles away is wrong. What's right is helping consumers understand the dynamics that go into "one good apple" and clearly pointing the way to where such fruit can be found.
Discover unusual varieties like
Calville Blanc at a community
orchard specializing in
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Good fruit grown with intimate
care nourishes local economy
as well as our health.
Nutrient-dense apples, peaches, plums, pears, cherries and berries are vital to how our bodies renew and sustain human health. This so-called nutrient density results from nourishing a living soils system that in turn nourishes the trees that in turn give us nourishing fruit. Pests and fungal disease occur along the way to varying degrees in each place. Orchardists must choose wisely to deal with these pressures in ways that do not diminish the nutritional value of the fruit being grown. You can get penetrating answers about how things are done when that fruit is sold directly to you by the grower.
Finding a Community Orchard
Anyone looking for a local connection to healthy fruit needs to know several things.
Grow your orchard library at our Bookshelf.
Explore even more nuance in our grower discussion forum.
Orchard sprays directed at
system health benefit us all.
We've sure come a long ways
from the days of lead arsenate
and DDT! (source: Productive
Orcharding by Fred Sears, 1914)
Community Orchardist Standards
Growers interested in a community orchardist listing on this site need to know a few things as well.
Community Orchard Listings are provided on a regional basis. Eventually each region will have its own page to help apple lovers find the nearest and bestest source of local fruit.
Growers, you need to help us build momentum that will make this "the list" where potential customers go to find health-based orchards to purchase local fruit.
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