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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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Sensible Equipment2064Mar
Organic Thinning382Mar
Good Fruit Marketing9628Feb
Bug by Bug32227Feb
Spray Nuance27723Feb
Breeding Flavorful Fruit219Feb
Understory Management13719Feb
Tree Fruit Nutrition11215Feb
Bacterial Opportunists8414Feb
Orchard Systems11111Feb
Fungal Pathogens23711Feb
Just Talk44428Jan
Starting an Orchard8127Jan


April 25 - May 9, 2021
Sunday - Sunday
Organic Orcharding 101
    virtual series
June 12 - 13, 2021
Saturday - Sunday
Holistic Orchard Intensive
    Groveton, New Hampshire

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!

ST. Lawrence Nurseries
'Tis the season to be thinking about ordering trees and rootstock. Network members offering select varieties can be found in our listing of Bioregional Nurseries. Premium business sponsors include St. Lawrence Nurseries, Trees of Antiquity, and Fedco Trees. Planting trees shows we have hope for better days ahead!

Hot Topics

I found a good deal on a 500g Durand airblast sprayer and now that I have access to a 75 hp tractor I'm sorely tempted to get it. My little 23 hp Kubota and 200g Rears Pul Tank worked great but now th...
    - Nathaniel Bouman        posted: 3Mar
Trademarked apple varieties are weaving their way into supermarket chains all over. I'd be curious to grow EverCrisp, given it's grower origins through the Midwest Apple Improvement Association thou...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 19Feb
Last year we experienced 17-year periodical cicadas, in the form of Brood IX, for the first time at our current orchard location. Being that the coming of Brood X in early summer 2021 is starting to ...
    - Brittany Kordick        posted: 18Feb

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.

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.

Hemlock Grove Farm
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Hemlock Grove Farm

West Danby, New York

Brian Caldwell writes: “Managing our understory for lots of flowering broadleaf 'weeds' such as mints, Queen Anne's lace, clovers, etc. seems to help quite a bit with insect pests. We do this by waiting until late May for the first orchard mowing, which is done with a sickle bar mower. This practice encourages regrowth of broadleafs.”

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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