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March 11, 2018
The Promise of Biodynamics
    Interlaken, New York

The first day of this two-part workshop series with Mike Biltonen lays the foundation for kicking off the season in good form. We will start by introducing biodynamics as science, philosophy, and practice as a foundation for bio-intensive orcharding. We will continue by discussing basic orchard concepts that are a reality of growing fruit in the northeast as a lead-in to utilizing the biodynamic preps within a workable management framework. You will leave this part of the course with a solid understanding of how to use biodynamic practices in your own orchard.

Check the website for further details on the second day of this workshop series, scheduled for August 11, again to be held at the Finger Lakes Cider House.

Mike Biltonen (

April 7, 2018
Organic Orcharding 101
    North Garden, Virginia

Growing fine fruit is a complex enterprise, requiring skill and care to produce the best results. Today, our commercial orchards depend largely on chemical assistance to ward off depredations from insects and disease. This can seem daunting to the small or casual gardener, but growing one’s own fruit remains an attractive and rewarding endeavor for many of us. There are many ways to address these issues and Vintage Virginia Apples is delighted to welcome Michael Phillips, the country’s leading authority on organic fruit culture, for a workshop on orcharding with ecological awareness.  

Jenn Detweiler (

June 2 - 3, 2018
Saturday - Sunday
Holistic Orchard Intensive
    Groveton, New Hampshire

Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear -- we can have beautiful fruit grown without chemical intervention. Sustainable agriculture works only when we have fun and get people involved with growing healthy food. Michael's workshops point the way for organic apple growers to meet their unique site challenges.

Michael Phillips (

June 28 - 30, 2018
Thursday - Saturday
Ecological Orcharding
    Craftsbury Common, VT

Three days of hands-on learning about holistic orcharding and ecosystem advantage with Michael Phillips as part of the School of the New American Farmstead series at Sterling College.  This course presents a whole system-based approach for producing delicious, nutritionally dense fruit. You will learn the tricks of cultivating a thriving, diverse orchard that is naturally resilient to pests and disease and has beneficial fungal dynamics. We will cover how to improve the biology of the orchard and soil to support optimal production, developing an understanding of the mutual benefits of diverse orchard plantings, pollinators and beneficial insects, and soil fertility and microbiome. We will also learn to create natural sprays that boost plant immune response, explore the role of mycorrhizal fungi in supporting plant health and soil fertility, and receive instruction on techniques for managing and maintaining year-round orchards for optimal growth. Best of all, the third day of this course brings you to Lost Nation Orchard to see the complete tapestry in action.


November 9 - 12, 2018
Friday - Monday
Soil Care Conference
    Coolangatta, Australia

Crikey, mate! Our apple grower heads down under for some international intrigue after the harvest season. Michael Phillips will offer up a plenary keynote on Soil Redemption, a full-day intensive on Successful Biological Orcharding, along with two breakout sessions aimed at building healthy soil for all sorts of farming systems. 

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