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Apples and the Art of Detection by John Bunker

Apples and the Art of Detection

Seeking to identify an unknown apple? John Bunker has put together a fantastic resource to help you do just that, filled with plenty of varietal lore. Pomology doesn't get better than this! You'll find this book and much more on the Network Bookshelf.

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I'm hoping some of you can help identify what has suddenly taken hold of this 7th leaf tree in our orchard. I noticed no problems at pruning this winter, (I am always looking hard for anthracnose) nor...
    - Karen Brindle        posted: 24May
I thought I would start this thread to see if any one else has any concerns about their on farm selling this year. I have to believe that things are going to get pretty bad by this fall as far as Covi...
    - Leslie Price        posted: 15May
Here's a home grower question, please. I'm "stuck" up here in MA for the foreseeable future -- New Englanders, how do you do this never ending cool weather???! ;) While I'm up here, I'm helping my br...
    - Josh Willis        posted: 14May

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Vista Ridge Orchard
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Vista Ridge Orchard

Quilcene, Washington

Karen Brindle writes: “Our philosophy is to promote the health and happiness of each tree in an all embracing way. We strive (and sweat!) to support the fruit trees so that they can grow the most nutrient rich fruit possible without any chemicals.”

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