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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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Just Talk4257Aug
Bug by Bug3074Aug
Ecosystem Connections741Aug
Making It Better9331Jul
Grower Research654Jul
Orchard Systems10327Jun
Organic Thinning3622Jun
Fungal Pathogens23020Jun
Tree Fruit Nutrition11018Jun
Spray Nuance25918Jun
Bacterial Opportunists791Jun
Good Fruit Marketing8322May
Arboreal Microbes10418May
Understory Management11514May
Cider Apples12113May


August 25 - 26, 2020
Tuesday - Wednesday
Healthy Soil Summit
    Sacramento, California
March 20, 2021
Biological Orcharding
    North Garden, Virginia
February 2 - 5, 2022
Wednesday - Saturday
Farming for The Future
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Scythe Supply
A scythe in hand is the right tool for a summer orchard walk. Targeted mowing to open up airflow round fruit trees can be interspersed with thinning crop load and scouting pest dynamics. We're pleased to have Scythe Supply as one of our premium business sponsors. Swish!

Hot Topics

What is your holistic perspective on crazy snake worms? I think that [i]not[/i] using wood chips and compost is [i]not[/i] an option. Thanks for your insightful speculations and advice.
    - Alice Sky        posted: 1Aug
You may have noticed that there have been periods this past month when all aspects of GrowOrganicApples have been unavailable, including the forum. In a nutshell, we're being subject to a cyber-attack...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 31Jul
I'm currently in the early stages of replanting an orchard. While the trees mature, I'm planning to make use of the orchard/pasture and raise broilers. Is anyone currently doing this? And if you ar...
    - Jacob Moord        posted: 24Jul

Grower Discussion Forum

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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.
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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