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The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist
Holistic Orchard Intensive
Hands-on Learning with the author of
|We are planning on this class taking place in June and encourage you to go ahead and register. Just know that your deposit will be fully refunded if the current viral situation forces us to cancel, however.|
This "organic apple everything" weekend with Michael Phillips at the farm inspires people to pursue their own orchard dreams. Come gain the practical insights needed to establish your own fruit planting based on the biological systems approach used here at Lost Nation Orchard.
Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear -- we can have beautiful apples grown without chemical intervention. Sustainable agriculture works only when we have fun and get people involved with growing healthy food. Michael's workshops point the way for organic apple growers to meet their unique site challenges.
Michael will lead participants in a walk through the orchard season. He will discuss the key role understory management and soil health plays in an organic orchard, and look at varietal and rootstock choices. Tree planting, pruning, grafting, branch training, and trunk protection will be woven into our time together along with a look at righteous equipment for the small-scale orchard. Michael will also identify insect and disease dynamics from a holistic perspective aimed at achieving maximum diversity, pointing out a few of the culprits and beneficial allies on hand around bloom time. The weekend ends with a rambunctious wassail sure to kindle those hopes of offering the "good fruit" to one's own family and community.
The 2020 Holistic Orchard Intensive will begin on Saturday morning, June 13, at 10 am and run through Sunday afternoon, June 14, till 4 pm. Meals will be included (lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) along with a cider tasting on Saturday evening. The cost for this orcharding weekend will be $325 per person.
Orchard Intensive Syllabus
1 PM LUNCH
4 PM WASSAIL CEREMONY
"I mark as an important life pivot my experience of coming to see the deep web of natural relationships outside through your books and the June intensive. Once you grasp the paradigm and gain the tools to engage and observe, the practice is endlessly fascinating. Entry for me was the key and I have you to thank for that."
orchard intensive student
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