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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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Just Talk56823Sep
Bug by Bug38820Sep
Sensible Equipment27517Sep
Spray Nuance3527Sep
Apples14312Aug
Starting an Orchard12011Aug
Cider Maker's Handbook3611Aug
Fungal Pathogens26928Jul
Orchard Classifieds3025Jul
Healthy Harvest4725Jul
Tree Fruit Nutrition15823Jun
Making It Better10122Jun
Cider Apples14011Jun
Organic Thinning768Jun
Bacterial Opportunists11023May
Grower Research9612May

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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!


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As someone who’s getting closer to having to take this endeavor “seriously”, (not sure why I feel that way still, after already investing thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in our orchard-mayb...
    - Prairie Sundance        posted: 21Sep
OK, so I don't know if this should fall under the Sensible Equipment section, and I know that washing sooty blotch and fly speck off apples is featured in other related threads. But this is my favori...
    - Brittany Kordick        posted: 8Sep
Hi Gang, We have been approached by a couple of schools about tours in the orchard. We want to accommodate, excite the wee ones and spread the good news about ugly apples and radical biodiversity. ...
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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. 


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.”

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