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Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern new Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael authored The Apple Grower (Chelsea Green 2005) and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way (Chelsea Green 2005). His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at

    Michael's Upcoming Events

    • Michael Phillips at Virginia Biological Farming Conference
      Doubletree Hotel, Richmond VA
      January 30, 2015, 10:00 am

      Understanding the timing and underlying principles for growing healthy fruit becomes clear when set within the framework of the orchard calendar. Major insect challenges can be resolved safely and organically when you perceive who, what and when. Dealing with disease from a holistic perspective requires an in-depth understanding of nutritional cause-and-effect. Biodiversity brings in untold connections. Appreciating such subtleties makes our time on this precious planet all the more fascinating. Tweaking the “systems approach” learned today means taking responsibility to match the challenges you face at your locale.

    • Michael Phillips at Virginia Biological Farming Conference
      Doubletree Hotel, Richmond VA
      January 31, 2015, 1:15 pm

      Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Harvesting sunlight through smart pruning is what renews fruit buds. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Even major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what, and when. All sorts of fruits—from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries—make for a diverse home orchard planting. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health.

    • MIchael Phillips at Real Health Conference
      60 North Ronks Road , Ronks PA 17572
      February 14, 2015, 9:30 am

      On February 14, Michael Phillips will present several workshops at the Real Health Conference, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael will join the Lancaster Agricultural Products for a nutrition-focused day on healthy fruit production. Workshops by Michael will include subjects such as orchard health and holistic disease management.

    • Michael Phillips at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
      Science Center 277 Lecture Hall, 106 Central Street, Wellesley MA 02481
      March 18, 2015, 12:30 pm

      On March 18, Michael will present an afternoon lecture on Orchard Ecosystem at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, Wellesley, Massachusetts. This lecture will be followed by a Q&A tour of the integrated plantings at Wellesley College. Lunch will be provided.

    • Michael Phillips at Canterbury Shaker Village
      288 Shaker Road, Canterbury NH 03224
      April 11, 2015, 10:00 am

      On April 11, Michael Phillips will teach two workshops on grafting and pruning at the Canterbury Shaker Village. This day features the basics of grafting fruit trees – and you get to take home your own baby trees! – along with “have at ‘em” pruning session with Michael out amongst the apple trees.

    • Michael Phillips at MOFGA Orchard Class
      255 Elmwood Rd., Pownal ME 04069
      April 18, 2015, 10:00 am

      On April 18, Michael will teach a full day class through MOFGA on growing tree fruit organically. This workshop will provide a complete rundown on orchard pests, allies, diseases, and proven varieties from the holistic perspective. This year the class will meet at fellow Chelsea Green author David Buchanan’s young cider orchard in Pownal, Maine.

    Michael's Books

    The Apple Grower and Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips (Book & DVD Bundle)

    This convenient set combines Michael Phillips's book The Apple Grower with a new DVD that leads viewers through a year in his lush, beyond-organic orchard.

    Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips (Book & DVD Bundle)

    This convenient set combines Michael Phillips's award-winning book The Holistic Orchard with a new DVD that leads viewers through the seasons in his lush, beyond-organic orchard.

    Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips DVD

    In this video, orchardist and award-winning author Michael Phillips leads viewers through the seasons in his own orchard, demonstrating basic horticultural skills like grafting and pruning, but also revealing groundbreaking and field-tested strategies for growing apples and other tree fruits not just organically, but holistically.

    The Holistic Orchard

    Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

    Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack confidence -- fearing that they'll mangle their trees and waste their time and money. But growing fruit is something virtually anyone with space and desire can do, and The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know, from grafting to seed saving to backyard breeding.

    The Herbalist's Way

    The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines

    The Herbalist's Way offers all that aspiring and experienced herbalists need to inform and inspire their practice. This updated version of The Village Herbalist provides a complete introduction to the herbalist's place in family and community life.

    The Apple Grower

    A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Second Edition

    You can grow fruit organically--here is the latest scientific knowledge about growing apples and other tree fruits. For commercial growers, CSA gardeners, and backyard gardeners.


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