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Welcome to the online community of the Holistic Orchard Network. Join with other growers to explore what it takes to grow healthy fruit, find organic inspiration, and make new tree-minded friends. The cutting edge discussion in our forum is geared towards folks growing fruit as part of their living, and certainly open to all to read and learn. Wassail!

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Sensible Equipment26421May
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Cider Maker's Handbook334May
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Starting an Orchard11226Apr
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You have found the index to our online orchard community, and therefore the perfect place to begin exploring. Position your cursor over any of the forum links, give a click, and a new window opens. Have fun learning more about growing healthy fruit!

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I am planning to run a series of nutrient tests this year where we making a number of plant teas (fresh and fermented) from a variety of medicinal herbs for use on plants. I am seeking a reliable lab ...
    - Mike Biltonen        posted: 11May
Good day Here we go again looking for some information to curtail the borer activity in our orchard. We have 450 cider apple trees on B118. We have grafted and planted out most of these ourselv...
    - Joanne Corkum        posted: 5May
This is some kind of collar rot that I found on a young apple tree yesterday. All the top of the tree looks healthy and the tree has been very vigorous last summer. However, at ground level, the ba...
    - Claude Jolicoeur        posted: 2May

Our Portal Page

is the table of contents for our online orchard community, and therefore the perfect place to begin exploring. Position your cursor over any of the links, give a click, and a new window opens. We invite you to poke around, have fun, and to read more about our basic site protocols.

Thinking Outside the Box

This overview of holistic orchard management sets the stage for growing healthy. Subtle answers to pest and disease challenges fall into place only once soil and tree health are achieved. 

The Apple Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

The Apple Farm

Philo, California

Tim Bates writes: “Organic all 28 years, Bio-dynamic practices 20 years. We make our own compost since forever. Now have goats, sheep, horses, chickens, and occasional pigs (and a milk cow – yum). Trying to get to self sustaining system--have removed some apple trees to grow more vegetables – using the horses for more and more cultivation and plowing as we get the hang of it.”

The Network becomes all the more engaging as orchardists get to know each other better. Posting a grower profile allows other growers to learn about your farm, your trees, your philosophy. >

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