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Welcome to the online community of the Holistic Orchard Network. Join with other growers to explore what it takes to grow healthy fruit, find organic inspiration, and make new tree-minded friends. The cutting edge discussion in our forum is geared towards folks growing fruit as part of their living, and certainly open to all to read and learn. Wassail!


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Our Portal Page

You have found the index to our online orchard community, and therefore the perfect place to begin exploring. Position your cursor over any of the forum links, give a click, and a new window opens. Have fun learning more about growing healthy fruit!


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After a few years of pandemia, CiderDays is back on the first weekend on November. Quite a lot of apple and cider activities, including: - Pomological exposition by Matt Kaminsky on Friday 4th (see ...
    - Claude Jolicoeur        posted: 1Oct
So I'm re-reading Claude's book in preparation for cider-making season, as one does. And also looking for tidbits in the orchard planning section that might help me pick varieties and rootstocks for t...
    - Craig Bickle        posted: 28Sep
As someone who’s getting closer to having to take this endeavor “seriously”, (not sure why I feel that way still, after already investing thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in our orchard-mayb...
    - Prairie Sundance        posted: 21Sep

Our Portal Page

is the table of contents for our online orchard community, and therefore the perfect place to begin exploring. Position your cursor over any of the links, give a click, and a new window opens. We invite you to poke around, have fun, and to read more about our basic site protocols.

Thinking Outside the Box

This overview of holistic orchard management sets the stage for growing healthy. Subtle answers to pest and disease challenges fall into place only once soil and tree health are achieved. 


Kordick Family Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Kordick Family Farm

Westfield, North Carolina

Brittany and Dorsey Kordick writes: “We have come to embrace as our motto, "We work harder, not smarter," and as a point of pride, even had it stamped on our farm t-shirts. Ironically, where we ended up, orcharding holistically, requires us to be smarter than ever. Our hot, humid Southeastern climate will never be an apple-grower's friend, and there will always be pests and diseases we struggle to control. The key is knowing what constitutes a true crisis or imbalance that merits heavier intervention beyond promoting the most ideal environment for our trees. ”

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