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Ok, we know those chickens are great for eating PC, maggots, and generally pest grubs galore. Has anyone experimented with attracting wild birds to do their dirty work for them? I was clicking aro...
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I'd like to try using some Oxidate 2.0 this year, just as a single dormant spray. For our little 3/4 A., that amounts to about 3 C. This is far less than the 2.5 gallons I see listed online. Is...
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Since we have had inquiries into the grape cold hardiness realm, I thought we might dig into the successes and failures we growers are having with wine grapes in our cooler climes. We are about 40 min...
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Cider Chat Podcaster Ria Windcaller interviews Michael Phillips's good friend, orchardist Alan Surprenant, about who Michael was as a person, as a friend and as a fellow orchardist. Their conversation also goes deep into what's involved in growing apples holistically, both for the commercial grower and the home orchardist.


Kretschmann Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Kretschmann Farm

Rochester, Pennsylvania

Don Kretschmann writes: “Growing fruit is the prince of agricultural enterprises, the original permaculture. The bulk of our farm is devoted to growing organic vegetables. After being bent over doing veggies, it's great to straighten up and pick apples. Like becoming a free man, after slavery. You look up at the sky and know something lies beyond, there's greater things. In the winter, the pruning is a great time for musing, spiritual growth, and dreams.”

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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