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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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Good Fruit Marketing10518Oct
Just Talk46025Sep
Ecosystem Connections8625Sep
Cider Apples13020Sep
Understory Management14420Sep
Spray Nuance32014Sep
Tree Fruit Nutrition12514Sep
Blueberries914Sep
Starting an Orchard1007Sep
Sensible Equipment21923Aug
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Organic Thinning596Aug
Fungal Pathogens2411Aug
Bug by Bug33723Jul
Pruning12412Jul
Apples1309Jul

Upcoming Events

November 5, 2021
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Farm-Crafted Cider Production
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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!


apple maggot fly
Apple maggot fly is the major pest of summer. Keep your guard up by reviewing the Spring 2019 issue of Community Orchardist. Multiple strategies based on the life cycle of this destructive fly can be necessary. The time to act is now!

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...
    - Chris Vlitas        posted: 15Oct
There is a lot of media hype about this threat. But, what about the holistic perspective? To quote Michael Phillips: "There's a powerful saying in the microbial world: Everything is everywhere. ...
    - Alice Sky        posted: 25Sep
I came across this article and thought it would be of interest to some: [url=
    - James Smith        posted: 19Sep

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


Blue Heron Orchard
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Blue Heron Orchard

Canton, Missouri

Dan Kelly writes: “If Illinois were pregnant, my orchard would be across the Mississippi, where the belly button goes. My soil is a wind-blown loess, deposited at the time of the receding glaciers. We grow a dozen varieties of apples, chosen for; ripening sequence, personal favorites, a few commercial interests and disease resistance.”

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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