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Membership details

We propose to formalize what has been a freestyle membership structure, along the following lines:

website access
Public newsletter
always free
Subscriber -- Community Orchardist newsletter $10/year
Trial Membership (1 year) $40
Member / Forum participant $100/year*
Professional Member $250/year*
Business Member $500/year*
* Note the asterisks: the amounts shown are 'money only' but the Network will express its gratitude for in-kind contributions. For example, a business member, who receives an enhanced Resource listing, will be able to sustain membership by offering a discount to Professional (“Secret Tattoo”) members. Forum participants whose contributions add notably to the dialog will be awarded credits by the forum's moderators. Articles shared in the newsletter and research papers posted on the website will earn membership credits for their authors.
We are very interested in your thoughts on this matter!
Are we on the right track for preserving and strengthening the Network?
Will asking subscribers to pay for the Newsletter
reduce our reach too drastically?
What, in real world terms, is our information worth to YOU?

We envision the Network as a consensus-based organization, and welcome your feedback on these proposals. Likewise, there's more than enough work to grow the Network, keep the website and newsletter useful, and develop the special programs that will benefit backyard growers and larger scale orchardists. If you want to help, please let us know.

Our current thoughts on the rights and privileges appertaining to the various levels of membership in the Network:

Non-member access (free) includes:

  • Limited forum access (reading only, possibly future limitations to number of views)
  • Access to HON resources including public library and provider lists
  • Public Newsletter

Subscriber ($10 annually)

  • Community Orchardist newsletter

Trial Membership ($40 one year)

  • Community Orchardist newsletter
  • Unlimited Forum reading
  • Limited access to the Library

Basic Membership ($100.00 annually) includes:

  • Unlimited Forum reading and posting
  • Community Orchardist Newsletter
  • Full access to the Library
  • Full listing in the Resource Lists
  • One-time access to a selected item from the Perk List

Professional Membership ($250.00 annually) includes:

  • All Membership items listed above
  • Access to all of the following Perk List items:



Business Membership (500.00 annually)

  • All membership items (including Perks) listed above
  • Enhanced Resource Listings and Page sponsorship
  • Membership fee may be reduced to $250 if a discount is offered to Professional members
  • new Business Membership by invitation only (apply to

the Perk List

  • Updated price list for materials
  • Holistic spray program (also continually updated based on research)
  • Product discounting (dependent on advertiser accounts)
  • Access to research pages (HON research projects)
  • Access to reviews of important research from other sources
  • Access to HON grant project enrollment
  • Access to HON grant results
  • Additional pages like the sap journal, bionutrient musings.
Some of these items are under development and will become available soon.

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