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Bug by Bug32123Feb
Spray Nuance27723Feb
Sensible Equipment20422Feb
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ST. Lawrence Nurseries
'Tis the season to be thinking about ordering trees and rootstock. Network members offering select varieties can be found in our listing of Bioregional Nurseries. Premium business sponsors include St. Lawrence Nurseries, Trees of Antiquity, and Fedco Trees. Planting trees shows we have hope for better days ahead!

Hot Topics

Trademarked apple varieties are weaving their way into supermarket chains all over. I'd be curious to grow EverCrisp, given it's grower origins through the Midwest Apple Improvement Association thou...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 19Feb
Last year we experienced 17-year periodical cicadas, in the form of Brood IX, for the first time at our current orchard location. Being that the coming of Brood X in early summer 2021 is starting to ...
    - Brittany Kordick        posted: 18Feb
We seem to have lost effectiveness on codling moth with Entrust on one of our two sites. I sprayed twice at max rates last summer to hit the second flight, timed by pheremone traps, and we still had ...
    - Brian Caldwell        posted: 16Feb

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In Pursuit of Righteous Living

Get your community orchard, cidery, bioregional nursery, or tree stewardship business on our logo-rich grower listings. Promoting good livelihood is a core mission of the Holistic Orchard Network.

Vista Ridge Orchard
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Vista Ridge Orchard

Quilcene, Washington

Karen Brindle writes: “Our philosophy is to promote the health and happiness of each tree in an all embracing way. We strive (and sweat!) to support the fruit trees so that they can grow the most nutrient rich fruit possible without any chemicals.”

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