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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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Scythe Supply
A scythe in hand is the right tool for a summer orchard walk. Targeted mowing to open up airflow round fruit trees can be interspersed with thinning crop load and scouting pest dynamics. We're pleased to have Scythe Supply as one of our premium business sponsors. Swish!

Hot Topics

I was 'gifted' a 60s era dairy cooler with the vintage cider press I'm refurbishing but it has three strikes against it: too big, antiquated technology, and the water jacket leaks. [i]That last settle...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 25Oct
Can anyone comment on strategies for the supposedly harmless webworm that is manifesting earlier and earlier in the growing season here in central New Hampshire?
    - Kevin Frank        posted: 20Oct
Recently I shared grower perspective with our orchard customers. I'm fairly confident about my "grading standards" but now I'm curious how other growers handle [i]the organic side of perfection[/i]. ...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 15Oct

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Pommes de Terre
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Pommes de Terre

Dixon, Montana

Steve Dagger writes: “My growing philosophy is based on an awareness that all agricultural endeavors require reconciling two contrary realities. On the one hand natural cycles and variation in temperature and moisture control what soil and vegetation types will evolve and persist on my particular place on earth. On the other hand nearly all the plants I choose to grow are domesticated and require outside inputs and interventions to enable them to thrive.”

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