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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 Thinning5327Jul
Fungal Pathogens24027Jul
Bug by Bug33723Jul
Sensible Equipment21813Jul
Just Talk45511Jul
Tree Fruit Nutrition1179Jul
Cider Apples1298Jul
Grower Research653Jul
Spray Nuance3163Jul
Bacterial Opportunists942Jul
Making It Better992Jul
Understory Management14118Jun
Ecosystem Connections8510Jun
Paw Paws528May

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November 5, 2021
Farm-Crafted Cider Production
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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!

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 am a little embarrassed to have to ask, but am I correct in thinking that there is no need or benefit in thinning apples destined for cider production? Another question which somebody may be able...
    - David Maxwell        posted: 23Jul
The conversation concerning leaf blotch is about to make a major comeback. I'm starting a new thread to direct immediate attention but please know this builds on an earlier thread entitled [url=http:/...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 14Jul
A couple of years ago I took part in a research study using GF-120 to eliminate apple maggot flies. (And it indeed seemed to work quite well.) What we were in fact testing was the effectiveness when...
    - David Maxwell        posted: 11Jul

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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.

Tree Supplies Unlimited

Check out these grower resources for links to suppliers of nursery stock, spray products, fungal foods, insect traps, and more. We’re here to help both community and home orchardists grow good fruit.

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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