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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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apple maggot fly
Apple maggot fly is the major pest of summer. Keep your guard up by reviewing the Spring 2019 issue of Community Orchardist. Multiple strategies based on the life cycle of this destructive fly can be necessary. The time to act is now!

Hot Topics

I am a little embarrassed to have to ask, but am I correct in thinking that there is no need or benefit in thinning apples destined for cider production? Another question which somebody may be able...
    - David Maxwell        posted: 23Jul
The conversation concerning leaf blotch is about to make a major comeback. I'm starting a new thread to direct immediate attention but please know this builds on an earlier thread entitled [url=http:/...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 14Jul
A couple of years ago I took part in a research study using GF-120 to eliminate apple maggot flies. (And it indeed seemed to work quite well.) What we were in fact testing was the effectiveness when...
    - David Maxwell        posted: 11Jul

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In Pursuit of Righteous Living

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Claude Jolicoeur
a snapshot from one of our Grower Profiles

Claude Jolicoeur's Orchard

Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec

Claude Jolicoeur writes: “I like to call my growing philosophy: Minimum Intervention approach... This is in part due to the fact that I am only part time at the orchard. One important issue is that most of my apples are used for cider, hence their appearance is not relevant and their quality is only about the inside.”

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