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Books for the Orchard Enthusiast

A number of books offer insightful teachings on everything from pruning to heirloom varieties. Here we will be offering some favorites, reviewing others, and keeping tabs on what lies ahead. Certain out-of-print classics can be found online.

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Our Orchard Books:

Mycorrhizal Planet
The Holistic Orchard
Holistic Orcharding DVD
The Apple Grower
Tree Fruit Field Guide
The New Cider Maker's Handbook
Cider, Hard & Sweet [3rd Edition]
Not Far From The Tree
Apples of North America
Apples of Uncommon Character
The Apple Lover's Cookbook
Old Southern Apples
Attracting Native Pollinators
Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

You can place an order directly for many of these books right here at the going cover price. This is yet another way to help support the Holistic Orchard Network. Shipping is free by Media Mail, or you may upgrade to Priority Mail or arrange for International Shipping in the ordering process. Books by Michael will be inscribed directly to you as an added bonus (do tell us who else if it's a gift). Thanks for building your orchard library with actual fruit growers!


Use the buttons below to order your books online. Or, if you prefer, fill out our paper order form and send a check or money order to:

Holistic Orchard Network
859 Lost Nation Road
Groveton, NH 03582

If the book is by Michael, please remember to tell us
to whom you would like the book inscribed.


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Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary.

Michael Phillips shares green man ways to grow healthy through biological alchemy.

Mycorrhizal Planet

How Fungi and Plants Work Together
to Create Dynamic Soils

by Michael Phillips
$40 Hardcover Edition

This hands-on exploration of soil biology and healthy plant metabolism will rock you. Fungal consciousness will help you become a better earth steward. You can get a preview of what's in store here. Join with me to catch this mycelial wave and work towards a tomorrow for generations to come.

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Building system health applies to all fruits, and here's the book that will inspire beyond organic understanding!

The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips

The Holistic Orchard

Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

Michael Phillips
$40

Many people want to grow fruit but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something anyone with passionate desire can do -- given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees.

The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, including soil biology and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year.

Michael Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, locally-inspired solutions to pest and disease challenges.

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Support our Holistic Orchard Network! Hercules and his quest for the Golden Apples points the way! Support holistic orchard research! Hercules and his quest for the Golden Apples points the way!
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DVD: Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips

Holistic Orcharding

with Michael Phillips

Retail Price $49.95
Network Special $40
Running Time 5 hours

Every farm and homestead can enjoy the timeless pleasure of a fruit orchard. You do this by emphasizing biological health and diversity -- from the microscopic fungi in the soil to the beneficial insects, companion plants, and wildlife that together form a complete and living orchard ecosystem.

Michael Phillips shows how in this 'dvd walk' through the orchard year. See basic horticultural skills demonstrated, from grafting and tree planting to the right mulch and pest management. Learn about groundbreaking strategies for growing apples and other tree fruits not just organically, but holistically. You now have every reason to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!

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"Be warned, don't plan to watch this video while casually munching a bowl of popcorn. It is so densely packed with valuable information that you'll be reaching for the remote's pause button in order to take notes and not miss a single gem that Phillips has to share."
Penny Lewis (read complete review)
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Anyone wanting to grow healthy apples should really begin with the book that helps make the sharing on these networking pages possible:


The Apple Grower

A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

Michael Phillips
$40, Network Special $35

Michael Phillips' apple book has been a modest success, selling 30,000 copies since its initial publication by Chelsea Green in 1998. The exciting news is that this classic orcharding book has been fully revised and expanded! This time around The Apple Grower comes in full color with many practical charts and surprising new features.

"This is a book I'd love to have written -- the best source available of all the best information on growing healthy apples."
Eliot Coleman,
author of The New Organic Grower

As one friend said, The Apple Grower is a full-fledged college course on organic orcharding in its own right, and certainly worth every penny of its $40 cover price.

This definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentler impact on the earth covers all the cultural points of apple growing. Michael's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.

You can order a signed copy of The Apple Grower direct from Michael online by simply clicking the button below.

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Tree Fruit Field Guide to Insect, Mite, and Disease Pests and Natural Enemies of Eastern North America

Tree Fruit Field Guide

Art Agnello and other respected experts of the Northeast
$40, while still available

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but to a tree fruit grower, a picture can save thousands of dollars. A new book, Tree Fruit Field Guide to Insect, Mite, and Disease Pests and Natural Enemies of Eastern North America, contains over 500 color photos to help you identify pests and diseases that are causing damage in the orchard, as well as beneficial insects, spiders, and mites that should be honored. Actual size drawings of each insect helps seal the deal in figuring out who's who. This is the guide to figure out "points of vulnerability" of each insect and when fungal and bacterial infections can be held at bay. You can expect all 238 of these heavy duty pages to hold up through a lifetime of use!

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The New Cider Makers Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers

The New Cider Maker's Handbook

Claude Jolicoeur
Hardcover Edition
$44.95, Network Special $40

To make the very best cider -- whether for yourself, your family and friends, or for market -- you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is here to help. Claude Jolicoeur is an award-winning cider maker from Quebec with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge with deep, comprehensive information on all aspects of fermentation to advice on the best apples to grow for cider to instructions on how to build your own grater mill or cider press. This invaluable reference will surely be consulted again and again.

"J. M. Trowbridge wrote the first Cider Makers' Hand Book in 1890. This modern take on the apple fermenter's art picks up the trail anew. Claude Jolicoeur makes exceptional cider doable for even a guy like me. Balancing the acids and sugars of righteous juice lies at the heart of the method. Pour your friends the 'nectar of the gods' from here on in when next you
pop a cork."
Michael Phillips
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Cider, Hard & Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own  [3rd Edition]

Cider, Hard & Sweet
[3rd Edition]

Ben Watson
$18

Cider is the new thing in today's drinking world, even though it's been around for centuries. Richly informative and entertaining, Cider, Hard and Sweet is your go-to source for everything related to apples, cider, and cider making. Ben Watson introduces us to its different styles -- draft, farmhouse, French, New England, and sparkling -- and also covers apple wine, apple juice, cider vinegar, and Calvados. It includes great information on apple varieties, cider making basics, barrel fermentation, and recipes for cooking with cider. Learn how to recognize a good cider, whether purchasing from a vintage producer to making the genuine article at home.

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Not Far From The Tree: a Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine 1804-2004

Not Far From The Tree

John Bunker
$22

The apple guru from Fedco Trees reveals how he came to know so much about apples -- John Bunker spent years talking to his neighbors in Palermo, Maine, listening to cherished stories, walking their hedgerows and homestead orchards to learn about regional varieties, how they came to be planted there and why. A wonderful unveiling of two hundred years of history as told by apples! No other book offers such fun insights into heirloom varieties. Copiously illustrated in his own unmistakable style.

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Apples of North America by Tom Burford

Apples of North America

Tom Burford
Hardcover Edition
$30

Brother Tom Burford knows his apples. His stories of our rich apple heritage span generations -- the Burford family has produced fruit in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1715 -- and follow the apple's waves of popularity in America. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit's transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked, or dried. We've all been waiting for this visual guide to the best of fruit!

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Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

Apples of Uncommon Character

Rowan Jacobsen
Hardcover Edition
$35

May the apple renaissance never end! Terroir writer Rowan Jacobsen explores the quirks and lore of 123 astonishing apples every grower needs to know. Classic heirlooms irresistibly kick off all such varietal lists. Those regional cultivars seemingly lost to ever blander marketing dictates especially deserve renewed consideration. Modern day crosses made with the likes of Cox Orange Pippin shall not be denied. Rowan's varietal profiles read like poetry for the fruit connoisseur. Couple this with stunning photography and explorations of the worlds of cider, the methodology of breeding new cultivars , and even hints to track down the wild unknown . . . and apple geeks never had it so good.

"Anyone who ever read Edward Bunyard's Anatomy of Dessert (1929) knows that righteous fruit descriptions can go far beyond the usual sweet-tart polemic. Rowan Jacobsen picks up on that fun word play and delivers equally inspiring prose for apple lovers. Give this one a wowser rating five times over!"
Michael Phillips
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The Apple Lover's Cookbook by Amy Traverso

The Apple Lover's Cookbook

Amy Traverso
Hardcover Edition
$30

The most complete cookbook for enjoying and cooking with apples. Winner of an IACP "Best Cookbook" award! The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties organized into cooking categories so that it's easy to choose the right fruit for any recipe. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts.

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Old Southern Apples by Creighton Lee Calhoun

Old Southern Apples

Creighton Lee Calhoun
Hardcover Edition
$75, Network Special $60

A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print almost from the start, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.

Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples. Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library's collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.

"Apples beloved in America's past are making a comeback thanks to the work of crotchety apple growers like Lee Calhoun. His passion for seeking out the lore behind varieties like Barker's Liner and the humongous Gloria Mundi can only be described as tenacious. Much like a grandfather apple tree still offering its gifts from beside an abandoned cellar hole, Lee stands true with honest assessments of many classic heirlooms. The renewal of apple culture across Appalachia starts with getting this outstanding book!"
Michael Phillips
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Attracting Native Pollinators by Eric Mader and the Xerces Society

Attracting Native Pollinators

Eric Mader and the Xerces Society
$30


Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. This informative guide offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious orchard allies by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites. Solitary pollinators in particular get to early season bloom like no other bees. Attracting Native Pollinators is illustrated with hundreds of color photographs detailing a realm we all need to appreciate more.

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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects by Eric Mader and the Xerces Society

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

Eric Mader and the Xerces Society
$25


Improve the biodiversity of your orchard and farm by making your land a welcoming place for beneficial insects. Learn to identify important farm allies through the close-up photography and insect profiles offered here. Next step, go wild with diversity, from beetle banks to contour buffer strips to integrated hedgerows, all aimed at improving habitat for these insect helpers. What matters are the right range of plants for a given bioregion, and this is where Farming with Native Beneficial Insects truly shines. Nine different ecosystems across North America are examined in detail, with lists and lists of wildflowers and grasses to weave into every orchard ecosystem. Practical advice on seeding, cover crop rotations, and maintaining this diversity for the long haul seals the deal. This is a must-have resource for holistic fruit growers.

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