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Book Data

ISBN: 9781931498913
Year Added to Catalog: 2005
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: full color throughout, charts, resources, bibliography, index
Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 320 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1931498911
Release Date: November 15, 2005
Web Product ID: 319

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The Apple Grower

A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Second Edition

by Michael Phillips

"This is a book I'd love to have written—the best source available of all the best information on growing healthy apples."

Elliot Coleman, author of The New organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest

The definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentle impact on the earth.

For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation.

Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called "organic's final frontier." In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cuttingedge topics he explores include:

  • The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations
  • Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms
  • How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the "community orchard" model

 

The author's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.


About the Author

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 www.GrowOrganicApples.com ...

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