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Holistic Orchard Network

The Skinny behind Holistic Insights

Sitewide Photo Credits

Many growers send orchard photos our way for teaching purposes. The resulting series of 'insight images' found throughout the website started in the typical manner. Hmmm, what fun to assign random numbers to these and have readers think somewhere there must be a comprehensive list.  Advisory Board members were the first to make specific contributions towards this idea. Consider yourself invited to do the same. Just know not every image automatically makes the cut, for a teaching moment is a precious thing.

And now, amazingly enough, there's also a list!

 

Holistic Insight #17   
The spring feeder root flush can be abetted by laying down the meadow sward as dripline mulch around each tree following bloom.
Photo of Michael Phillips in Lost Nation Orchard in New Hampshire
Photo credit Frank Siteman
 

Holistic Insight #29a 
Post-harvest application of humus-rich compost helps decompose fallen leaves where apple scab pseudothecia (spore sacs) will lie in wait till spring rains.
Photo of Michael Phillips in Lost Nation Orchard in New Hampshire
Photo credit Stacey Cramp

Holistic Insight #29b 
Timing the application of humus-rich compost till after the apple harvest ties in sweetly with the fall feeder root flush taking up nutrients to pop green buds in spring.
Photo of Michael Phillips in Lost Nation Orchard in New Hampshire
Photo credit Stacey Cramp

Holistic Insight #69 
High above, kestrels can watch for movement in the grass as voles scurry while beauty unfolds.
Photo of kestrel nesting box in Door Creek Orchard in Wisconsin
Photo credit Liz Griffith

Holistic Insight #100 
Fruit grown with intimate care nourishes local economy as well as ourselves.
Photo of tree-ripened peaches picked by caring hands
Photo courtesy of Tree Ripe Fruit Company

Holistic Insight #115 
Biodynamic tree paste keeps tree trunks rejuvenated. The clay portion serves as a spa treatment for cambium tissues while the humus portion protects against canker and twig lesion organisms.
Photos of biodynamic bark care in Door Creek Orchard in Wisconsin
Photo credit Liz Griffith

Holistic Insight #118 
Recover open ground in tree rows with plantings of squash as a summer cash crop.
Photo of intercropping on Kordick Family Farm in North Carolina
Photo credit Brittany Kordick

Holistic Insight #134 
Mycorrhizal inoculum applied to tree root systems at planting ensures a long, healthy life.
Photo of root dip formulation of mycorrhizal inoculum on rootstock 
Photo credit: Michael Phillips

Holistic Insight #142   
Livestock can be moved through the orchard in fall to help stimulate biological activity.
Photo of sheep grazing in Door Creek Orchard in Wisconsin
Photo credit Liz Griffith

Holistic Insight #157 
A dog's work is never done!
Photo of Georgia on vole duty in Door Creek Orchard in Wisconsin
Photo credit Liz Griffith

Holistic Insight #184   
The surrounding plant community brings different fungal species into 'root play' thereby bringing balanced nutrition to our trees.
Photo of tree friends in Lost Nation Orchard in New Hampshire
Photo credit Michael Phillips

Holistic Insight 203
On-farm capability to make ramial wood chips (twiggy style!) expands the orchard resource base considerably, allowing coppice management of mycorrhizal bridge species like willow and alder found in hedgerows and other wetter places.
Photo of Wallenstein chipper operated off tractor PTO
Photo credit Michael Phillips
 

Holistic Insight #262 
The one pruning cut that will solve every challenge lies at ground level. (Someone's got to have a sense of humor around here!)
Photo of Michael Phillips in Lost Nation Orchard in New Hampshire
Photo credit Mark Rawlings


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