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Books for the Orchard Enthusiast
A number of books offer insightful teachings on everything from pruning to heirloom varieties. Here we will be offering some favorites, reviewing others, and keeping tabs on what lies ahead. Certain out-of-print classics can be found online.
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Michael Phillips shares green man ways to grow healthy through biological alchemy.
How Fungi and Plants Work Together
Building system health applies to all fruits, and here's the book that will inspire beyond organic understanding!
Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
with Michael Phillips
Retail Price $49.95
Anyone wanting to grow healthy apples should really begin with the book that helped make these networking pages possible:
A Guide for the Organic Orchardist
|'This is a book I'd love to have written -- the best source available of all the best information on growing healthy apples.'|
author of The New Organic Grower
As one friend put it, this definitive guide to organic orcharding is a full-fledged college course in its own right, and certainly worth every penny of the cover price.
Michael's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have made The Apple Grower the go-to book among community and home orchardists alike. Those who are serious about succeeding with healthy apples need to have the updated edition on their bookshelf.
Decades-long experience with wild apple trees and the superior cider that can be produced sets the plot. The protagonist takes the stage with new tastes and textures that arise from a faith in the tenacity of every apple seed. Out of this flows the successful, environmentally-conscious business known as Aaron Burr Cidery. This fresh perspective on natural orcharding and the hard cider of America's nearly forgotten past is both provocative and reassuring.
To make the very best cider -- whether for yourself, your family and friends, or for market -- you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is here to help. Claude Jolicoeur is an award-winning cider maker from Quebec with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge with deep, comprehensive information on all aspects of fermentation to advice on the best apples to grow for cider to instructions on how to build your own grater mill or cider press. This invaluable reference will surely be consulted again and again.
Cider is the new thing in today's drinking world, even though it's been around for centuries. Richly informative and entertaining, Cider, Hard and Sweet is your go-to source for everything related to apples, cider, and cider making. Ben Watson introduces us to its different styles -- draft, farmhouse, French, New England, and sparkling -- and also covers apple wine, apple juice, cider vinegar, and Calvados. It includes great information on apple varieties, cider making basics, barrel fermentation, and recipes for cooking with cider. Learn how to recognize a good cider, whether purchasing from a vintage producer to making the genuine article at home.
Tom Burford knows apples. His stories of our rich apple heritage span generations -- the Burford family has produced fruit in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1715 -- and follow the apple's waves of popularity in America. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit's transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked, or dried. We've all been waiting for this visual guide to the best of fruit!
May the apple renaissance never end! Terroir writer Rowan Jacobsen explores the quirks and lore of 123 astonishing apples every grower needs to know. Classic heirlooms irresistibly kick off all such varietal lists. Those regional cultivars seemingly lost to ever blander marketing dictates especially deserve renewed consideration. Modern day crosses made with the likes of Cox Orange Pippin shall not be denied. Rowan's varietal profiles read like poetry for the fruit connoisseur. Couple this with stunning photography and explorations of the worlds of cider, the methodology of breeding new cultivars , and even hints to track down the wild unknown . . . and apple geeks never had it so good.
Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar has been touting the health benefits of fire cider – a spicy blend of apple cider vinegar, onion, ginger, horseradish, garlic, and other immune-boosting herbs – since almost the beginning of time. Her original recipe, inspired by traditional cider vinegar remedies, has given rise to dozens of fire cider formulations created by fans of the tonic who use it to address everyday ills, from colds and flu to leg cramps and hangovers. Fire Cider! is a lively collection of 101 recipes contributed by more than 70 herbal enthusiasts, with energizing versions ranging from Black Currant Fire Cider to Triple Goddess Vinegar, Fire Cider Dark Moonshine, and Bloody Mary Fire Cider. Colorful asides, including tribute songs and amusing anecdotes, capture Rosemary’s passionate desire to pass along the fire cider tradition.
The most complete cookbook for enjoying and cooking with apples. Winner of an IACP "Best Cookbook" award! The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties organized into cooking categories so that it's easy to choose the right fruit for any recipe. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts.
A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print almost from the start, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.
Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples. Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library's collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.
Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. This informative guide offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious orchard allies by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites. Solitary pollinators in particular get to early season bloom like no other bees. Attracting Native Pollinators is illustrated with hundreds of color photographs detailing a realm we all need to appreciate more.
Improve the biodiversity of your orchard and farm by making your land a welcoming place for beneficial insects. Learn to identify important farm allies through the close-up photography and insect profiles offered here. Next step, go wild with diversity, from beetle banks to contour buffer strips to integrated hedgerows, all aimed at improving habitat for these insect helpers. What matters are the right range of plants for a given bioregion, and this is where Farming with Native Beneficial Insects truly shines. Nine different ecosystems across North America are examined in detail, with lists and lists of wildflowers and grasses to weave into every orchard ecosystem. Practical advice on seeding, cover crop rotations, and maintaining this diversity for the long haul seals the deal. This is a must-have resource for holistic fruit growers.
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