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 www.GrowOrganicApples.com
Come for two days of orchard tours, cider making and tastings, and workshops, November 1-2. This is for all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. Michael will be there to give an organic orchard tour, share growing insights with other noted orchardists, and lead a traditional wassail ceremony.
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.
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 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.