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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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Hot Topics

For years we have toyed with certification of some kind to bolster our (lowercase) organic credentials, but have always ultimately opted not to. We have zero interest in being USDA Certified Organic,...
    - Brittany Kordick        posted: 3Feb
We're knee deep in dormant pear pruning and once again find ourselves frustrated that certain varieties seem to be inexorably "bud-bound," by which I mean, any of the traditional cuts we've made to pr...
    - Brittany Kordick        posted: 31Jan
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...
    - Josh Willis        posted: 25Jan

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.

In Memoriam

A thoughtful example of how our thinking will continue to progress even though we have lost our organic apple guru Michael: A Postcard from the Berkshire Roundtable 2022

& going forward

The new moderator of the Forum has posted a brief summary of his new responsibilities and approach here.


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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