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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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Our Portal Page

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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This fall, we got a genetic match between the "Bilodeau" cider apple and the "Trail" crab. DNA analyses were done by Paul Kron of University of Guelph in Ontario (see https://www.husbandlab.ca/Apples/...
    - Claude Jolicoeur        posted: 3Dec
Ok team, how late can a late fall spray go? We're running behind quite a bit on our fall spray to promote biological activity. Temps here in Maryland are now in the 40's to 50's during the day, and ...
    - Josh Willis        posted: 15Nov
Just a reminder that we have a classified section here in the forum. This is the place for us orchard people to post farm and craft related items of sale to the community. It is also the place to inqu...
    - Todd Parlo        posted: 11Nov

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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