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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 Equipment19915Jan
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Understory Management13315Jan
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Biological Orcharding
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June 12 - 13, 2021
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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!

ST. Lawrence Nurseries
'Tis the season to be thinking about ordering trees and rootstock. Network members offering select varieties can be found in our listing of Bioregional Nurseries. Premium business sponsors include St. Lawrence Nurseries, Trees of Antiquity, and Fedco Trees. Planting trees shows we have hope for better days ahead!

Hot Topics

Hello, We are finding that our customers can't get enough Asian Pears. We currently have Chojuro and Nijisseiki. We would like to expand into other varieties but have a hard time finding scion wood...
    - Molly DellaRoman        posted: 15Jan
That is indeed the question. Use of sulfites is generally considered standard practice among cider makers. These are commonly used in wine as well to help minimize oxidation, maintain freshness, and p...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 13Jan
"jugs of Spinosad" That is an interesting finger to point. Yes, at certain levels Spinosad can effect even a bee. Hopefully those of us here that use it are neither reaching that titration, nor a...
    - Chris Vlitas        posted: 12Jan

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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.

Engaging in this Network

Occasional impetus ensures your good standing as a network member. We'd love to list your orchard so new customers find you. And invite you to post a grower profile to share your story. And save money by taking advantage of select sponsor discounts

Blue Heron Orchard
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Blue Heron Orchard

Canton, Missouri

Dan Kelly writes: “If Illinois were pregnant, my orchard would be across the Mississippi, where the belly button goes. My soil is a wind-blown loess, deposited at the time of the receding glaciers. We grow a dozen varieties of apples, chosen for; ripening sequence, personal favorites, a few commercial interests and disease resistance.”

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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