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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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Tree Fruit Nutrition12514Sep
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book by Claude Jolicouer
'Tis the season to set yourself down by the woodfire to delve deeply into healthy orcharding, apple lore, and the fine art of cider making. The Network Bookshelf offers a modest selection of inspiration so check it out. Far better to support the world we want to see as opposed to launching the too rich owner of Amazon into outer space, eh?

Hot Topics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GY1oflu9T0 This is a guy who manufactures small scale precious metal mining hammer mills giving a try at making apple cider. Appears to work well and is mobile. Tom
    - Tom Kleffman        posted: 4Dec
Hi Gang, We have an orchard with some trees in decline and maybe fifty where the grafted tree died years ago and the root stock is still alive. We were told that most of it is MM111 and M7. I'd lik...
    - Shane Patrick        posted: 10Nov
Hello all, just replaced some parts on pump after freezing / cracking of plastic housing. As I looked back through my manual regarding winter preparation, there was nothing about antifreeze. Noneth...
    - Jon Place        posted: 6Nov

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In Pursuit of Righteous Living

Get your community orchard, cidery, bioregional nursery, or tree stewardship business on our logo-rich grower listings. Promoting good livelihood is a core mission of the Holistic Orchard Network.


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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