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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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Pollination5219Apr
Organic Thinning4119Apr
Starting an Orchard9717Apr
Spray Nuance29213Apr
Sensible Equipment21112Apr
Sweet Cherries411Apr
Biodynamic Orcharding2711Apr
Bacterial Opportunists8911Apr
Grafting16010Apr
Good Fruit Marketing972Apr
Arboreal Microbes10729Mar
Pruning11826Mar
Orchard Systems11223Mar
Cider Apples12618Mar
Bug by Bug32317Mar
Tree Fruit Nutrition11412Mar

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April 25 - May 9, 2021
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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!


North Country Organics
Our Grower Resources page directs growers to all sorts of suppliers, from trees to fungal support to soil testing. Take note of the ‘orange pippin’ by certain listings, as these are our business sponsors. Purchasing off-farm inputs takes money so it means a lot to hook up with companies you can trust for straightforward information and quality products.

Hot Topics

Hello! Climate change is bringing more extremes in weather including to my area. Here is Michigan bloom is four weeks early. Next week 26 degrees is predicated for Tuesday night with heavy wet s...
    - Susan Fancy        posted: 18Apr
So what is everyone using to get neem out of a barrel? Local feed store has a hand lever pump. Amazon has more options, including rotary. U-line has a variety of pumps, and faucets. Now that seems int...
    - James Smith        posted: 11Apr
Most of us probably reckon bloom time from year to year as the means of saying its an [i]early spring[/i] or a [i]late spring[/i]. Or even that mythical notion of an average spring! The pace of bud d...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 1Apr

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. 


Claude Jolicoeur
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Claude Jolicoeur's Orchard

Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec

Claude Jolicoeur writes: “I like to call my growing philosophy: Minimum Intervention approach... This is in part due to the fact that I am only part time at the orchard. One important issue is that most of my apples are used for cider, hence their appearance is not relevant and their quality is only about the inside.”

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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