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Book Data

ISBN: 9781933392134
Year Added to Catalog: 2011
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: 4-color
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 432
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Web Product ID: 640

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The Holistic Orchard

Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

by Michael Phillips

The Holistic Orchard is a stimulating account of fruit production from a biological rather than chemical approach. Phillips' orchard philosophy--learned from keen observation and reflection--will fall and clobber you like a giant Newtonian apple; then, your walk through the orchard will never be the same. Digesting this book is like tasting a delectable new apple variety for the first time.

Tom Burford, orchard consultant, author, apple historian

Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do—given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit.

The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects.

Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges.
 
All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!

Michael Phillips in the New York Times

 

Winner - 2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award


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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Michael Phillips's Upcoming Events

  • Doug Fine on "A Meeting of the Ways" with Diana Solomon
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    April 20, 2014, 5:00 pm
  • Michael Phillips at Vintage Virginia Apples
    Vintage Virginia Apples, Charlottesville VA
    May 3, 2014, 9:00 am
  • Michael Phillips at Cocagne River Orchard
    Verger de la rivière, 501 Cocagne South Rd, Cocagne New Brunswick, Canada
    June 21, 2014, 12:00 pm
  • Michael Phillips at the 2014 Cider Days
    Various Locations, Shelburne MA
    November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

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