"The state-of-the-art of growing healthy fruit constantly evolves as we more fully perceive the holistic connections between our trees and all the life forces found in the orchard. A good apple is about so much more than simply negating pests and disease! A biologic approach to orcharding relies first and foremost on supporting system health." - Michael Phillips
Growing fine fruit is a complex enterprise, requiring skill and care to produce the best results. Today, our commercial orchards depend largely on chemical assistance to ward off depredations from insects and disease. This can seem daunting to the small or casual gardener, but growing one’s own fruit remains an attractive and rewarding endeavor for many of us. There are many ways to address these issues and Vintage Virginia Apples is delighted to welcome Michael Phillips, the country’s leading authority on organic fruit culture, author of The Apple Grower and Holistic Orcharding for a workshop on orcharding with ecological awareness. Michael is an energetic proponent of healthy orcharding, exploring a variety of topics such as soil health, alternatives to fungicides, insect management, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; varietal rundowns of all the major tree fruits, and the newest research on safe, locally-inspired solutions to pest and disease challenges.
To sign up, visit our catalog here.
Registration for this full day class includes lunch. Michael's books "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard" will be available for purchase on-site.