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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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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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Does anyone have any tricks for dissolving humates in water? I invariably get a black lumpy mess that clogs my sprayer filter. I just did my end of season spray. Donít know if it was a good idea ...
    - Carol Gudz        posted: 17Nov
Some findings to share on what is safe to mix with the codling moth Cydia pomonella granulovirus (see below links). - A significant loss of Cydia pomonella granulovirus virulence was only found in...
    - Charlie Showers        posted: 13Nov
Hello Growers, Sharing information about an upcoming webinar on organic management of fireblight: Webinar: Organic Management of Fireblight in the Upper Midwest December 14th from 9:00-10:15 AM...
    - Chris McGuire        posted: 10Nov

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. 


The Apple Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

The Apple Farm

Philo, California

Tim Bates writes: “Organic all 28 years, Bio-dynamic practices 20 years. We make our own compost since forever. Now have goats, sheep, horses, chickens, and occasional pigs (and a milk cow – yum). Trying to get to self sustaining system--have removed some apple trees to grow more vegetables – using the horses for more and more cultivation and plowing as we get the hang of it.”

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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