Friday, January 27, 2012

Growing Fruit in a Healthy Orchard Ecosystem

Join NOFA Organic Land Care on March 9, 2012 for a workshop lead by "The Apple Grower" himself, Michael Phillips. The workshop is intended for land care professionals interested in edible landscapes, community gardeners, and aspiring or current fruit growers!
The program will start at 9:00am at the Connecticut Forest and Park Headquarters in Rockfall, CT.  During this time in the Classroom Michael will discuss the primary role of orchardists; which is to build system healt hcreating the most favorable conditions for the production of delicious, healthy fruits.  He will discuss holistic method which are about deep nutrition and competitive colonization along with organically-approved approaches to achieving pest balance.  
After a hearty lunch the class will move out of the CFPA Headquarters to High Hill Orchard in Meriden (about a ten minute drive away).  At High Hill Orchard, the class will learn in the field about forest edge ecology, embracing the right biology in your yard or orchard, and roots cycles which suggest a particular timing of tasks. The workshop will wrap up around 4:00pm.
Michael Phillips has written a number of books on the topic of holistic orchard management including The Holistic OrchardThe Herbalist's Way and The Apple Grower.  For more information about Michael Phillips, visit his websites at and
Course Cost:
Regular: $155
AOLCP/ NOFA Member: $140
Early Registration: $140
Early AOLCP/NOFA Member Registration: $125
To register call the office at 203-888-5146 or visit the Organic Land Care website:

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