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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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Ecosystem Connections8726Oct
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Understory Management14420Sep
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Spray Nuance32014Sep
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Starting an Orchard1007Sep
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Organic Thinning596Aug
Fungal Pathogens2411Aug
Bug by Bug33723Jul

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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!

meadow vole
Trunks need protection from voles, particularly on younger stock. Plantra offers several good options. Fall mowing, alternate browse (early prunings), and stomping down snow all help but you still want that physical barrier. 

Hot Topics

I lost an account this year. My biggest. Why? I spray with fish. Never mind for Two Years I have gone to excruciating extents to inform them of how I steward. Never mind that humanimal has been u...
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    - James Smith        posted: 19Sep
When I read about cover crops in orchards, it is often in the context of establish[i]ing[/i] and orchard, i.e., prior to fruit tree planting. What are your best on-going practices for orchards with a...
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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. 

Old Frog Pond Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Old Frog Pond Farm

Harvard, Massachusetts

Linda Hoffman writes: “Much of my approach comes from what I've learned at the yearly Stump Sprouts gathering in the Berkshires. We encourage our trees' immune system with nutrient sprays... Soil health is always on the radar. My favorite practice is to watch and wait. ”

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