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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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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!

apple maggot fly
Apple maggot fly is the major pest of summer. Keep your guard up by reviewing the Spring 2019 issue of Community Orchardist. Multiple strategies based on the life cycle of this destructive fly can be necessary. The time to act is now!

Hot Topics

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    - James Smith        posted: 19Sep
When I read about cover crops in orchards, it is often in the context of establish[i]ing[/i] and orchard, i.e., prior to fruit tree planting. What are your best on-going practices for orchards with a...
    - Josh Willis        posted: 19Sep
Our small blueberry plot (~400 SF) has ~40 y/o bushes. If there are any knowledgable blueberry people out there, we could use your help, please! This year's soil report came back with high Nitrat...
    - Josh Willis        posted: 14Sep

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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

Bayhead Farms
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Bayhead Farms

Orcas Island, Washington

Paul Townsend writes: “Growing fruit is just something that I've always been a part of ... even growing up in South Dakota we had fruit trees and a large garden. As an older teenager my hitchhiking thumb brought me to the orchards in Washington...”

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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