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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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Organic Thinning4815Jun
Ecosystem Connections8510Jun
Cider Apples1288Jun
Just Talk4528Jun
Spray Nuance3125Jun
Bug by Bug3284Jun
Paw Paws528May
Understory Management13828May
Mammalian Tales7227May
Grafting16126May
Bacterial Opportunists9021May
Starting an Orchard9912May
Pollination551May
Arboreal Microbes11429Apr
European Pears528Apr
Pruning11923Apr

Upcoming Events

June 19, 2021
Saturday
Converting to Organic Fruit Production
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August 14, 2021
Saturday
Growing Organic Apples & Pears
    Montevideo, Minnesota
November 5, 2021
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Farm-Crafted Cider Production
    Medelia, Minnesota

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!


North Country Organics
Our Grower Resources page directs growers to all sorts of suppliers, from trees to fungal support to soil testing. Take note of the ‘orange pippin’ by certain listings, as these are our business sponsors. Purchasing off-farm inputs takes money so it means a lot to hook up with companies you can trust for straightforward information and quality products.

Hot Topics

Thymeguard --which is some sort of a concentrated oil made from Thyme-- sounds quite good and also rather scary. One thing I read appears to say that it is indiscriminate in what it kills. Do you ha...
    - John Bunker        posted: 4Jun
This is my first year attempting a “full” spray schedule, and pretty much every batch I’m applying has some rotting plant material in it, (nettles, comfrey, horsetail, garlic, etc...) Besides the fact...
    - Prairie Sundance        posted: 26May
We imported a whole slew of RHAB from a backyard nursery about 5 years ago....one of many mistakes we have made :)) I have spent countless hours on my hands and knees tracking the little devils to...
    - Joanne Corkum        posted: 23May

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.

Engaging in this Network

Occasional impetus ensures your good standing as a network member. We'd love to list your orchard so new customers find you. And invite you to post a grower profile to share your story. And save money by taking advantage of select sponsor discounts


Kretschmann Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Kretschmann Farm

Rochester, Pennsylvania

Don Kretschmann writes: “Growing fruit is the prince of agricultural enterprises, the original permaculture. The bulk of our farm is devoted to growing organic vegetables. After being bent over doing veggies, it's great to straighten up and pick apples. Like becoming a free man, after slavery. You look up at the sky and know something lies beyond, there's greater things. In the winter, the pruning is a great time for musing, spiritual growth, and dreams.”

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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