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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 Vintage Virginia Apples
      Vintage Virginia Apples, Charlottesville VA
      May 3, 2014, 9:00 am

      Join us for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for organic growers. The day will consist of a fun mix of lectures and hands-on time with trees, with many opportunities to ask questions of Michael. Learn more at

    • Michael Phillips at Cocagne River Orchard
      Verger de la rivière, 501 Cocagne South Rd, Cocagne New Brunswick, Canada
      June 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Nancy and Michael Phillips will head north to share orcharding and herbal skills at Cocagne River Orchard, June 21-22. One full day will be spent on Home Orchard Basics for folks with backyard trees; the other will scale up to Community Orcharding the Holistic Way for commercial growers. Home herbalists can opt for time with Nancy to explore Foundations in Herbal Healing.

    • Michael Phillips at the 2014 Cider Days
      Various Locations, Shelburne MA
      November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

      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.

    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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