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Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs: Village Herbalist Nancy Phillips and Apple Grower Michael Phillips
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In the Spotlight

The good work that we've been blessed to share here at Heartsong Farm gets an occasional burst of attention. We'll keep you posted about recent interviews and other goings-on that have touched our lives. What's most fun about these sorts of things is the serendipitous networking with other like-minded souls that inevitably follows.

Bringing Out the Best Flavors Organically

Check out Episode 519 of Growing a Greener World with Joe Lamp'l.

Public television came to our farm in the summer of 2014 to talk about the flavor of healthy apples. Check out Episode 519 of Growing a Greener World with Joe Lamp'l. This film crew has fun putting together top-notch shows . . . and we especially recommend the episode on solitary bees. Folks, you need to support these pollinators!

The Uplifting Side of Farming

Those tending land and community alike in these tenuous times inspire us. Come on Home! Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms That Point the Way links to many of our heroes. That a certain herbalist and her fruit-growing husband were included is awesome. The core message of Resilience (which publishes many such articles) is to help the world transition away from fossil fuels and build sustainable, resilient communities.

"If there's a world here in a hundred years, it's going to be saved by tens of millions of little things."
-- Pete Seeger
The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

An Award Winner!

Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. The Holistic Orchard is one of five books chosen for the 2012 Book Award. This comprehensive guide is "like spending a weekend with the guru of organic orcharding" according to Kathy LaLiberte of the award committee. Of course, it's the trees that are the true imparters of knowledge here . . . but how cool to tap into ecosystem wisdom, eh?

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The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

Totally Green Apples

Anne Raver, long-term garden writer at the New York Times, has discovered The Holistic Orchard. This is beaucoup publicity for getting the word out about healthy orcharding. You don't often read a newspaper feature that gets the biological facts correct!

The Apple Grower Speaks

The Agricultural Innovations podcast offers interviews with cutting edge thinkers across the sustainable farming spectrum. Episode #95 finds Michael discussing the apple as the final frontier of organics, the use of neem oil and kaolin clay to control insect pests and diseases in the orchard, and the community orchard as a new model for locally produced fruit. Similarly, Allan Balliett crafts insightful interviews with all sorts of deep-thinking folk on the Biodynamics Now! podcast. Michael joined the conversation in Episode 8 to share how certain teachings of Steiner influenced the holistic approach to orcharding.

Lost Nation Videos Have Arrived!

Now on DVD!
DVD: Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips -- click for dvd description and video Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips

An orchard friend has generously lent his talents to a delightful visual presentation of our apple offerings. We invite you to have a peak at Michael's humble efforts at film presence. Marlon Brando in the orchard? We doubt it. . . but honestly? Our friend Chris did a fantastic job. These clips truly capture the essence of healthy orcharding. Please enjoy the show!

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Nancy, Michael and Gracie Phillips: family tree -- click to learn more about us. (photo: Frank Siteman)

Acres USA Interview

Barbara Berst Adams put together an in-depth interview with Michael and Nancy about the goings on at Heartsong Farm that was featured in the July 2004 issue of Acres USA. We've posted that article at Apples Meet Herbs on a New Hampshire Farm as a good way of sharing more of our philosophy.

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