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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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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!


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Ok team, how late can a late fall spray go? We're running behind quite a bit on our fall spray to promote biological activity. Temps here in Maryland are now in the 40's to 50's during the day, and ...
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Just a reminder that we have a classified section here in the forum. This is the place for us orchard people to post farm and craft related items of sale to the community. It is also the place to inqu...
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I have been having conversations lately about re-using spent yeast. Particularly local "wild" strains. Since one very common argument in going au naturel is the one time usability of a happy infection...
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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.

Cider Chat Podcaster Ria Windcaller interviews Michael Phillips's good friend, orchardist Alan Surprenant, about who Michael was as a person, as a friend and as a fellow orchardist. Their conversation also goes deep into what's involved in growing apples holistically, both for the commercial grower and the home orchardist.


Vista Ridge Orchard
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Vista Ridge Orchard

Quilcene, Washington

Karen Brindle writes: “Our philosophy is to promote the health and happiness of each tree in an all embracing way. We strive (and sweat!) to support the fruit trees so that they can grow the most nutrient rich fruit possible without any chemicals.”

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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