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Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
Michael 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 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.
"Michael Phillips's Holistic Orchard is a seminal work, to be compared with Sir Albert Howard and J.I. Rodale's classic books on soil and organic gardening. This is deep horticulture at its best, showing just how and what we must do to orchard sustainably and ecologically."
St. Lawrence Nurseries
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"Rooted in the author's many years of organic orcharding experience, this book blends ideas from soil science, holistic health, permaculture, and traditional fruit growing into a powerful new approach to orchard design and care. Phillips's first-hand knowledge anchors this innovative and highly readable book in practical wisdom that both beginner and long-time fruit growers will find invaluable."
author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
"The Holistic Orchard is a stimulating account of fruit production from a biological rather than chemical approach. Phillips's 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."
orchard consultant, author, apple historian
"Michael Phillips does it again! His ability to understand and explain the parts, interactions and emergent properties of orchard systems is unparalleled. The Holistic Orchard integrates fundamental biology with the practical realities of ecologically sound management. The book describes the trek from healthy soil to healthy people, with great fruit all along the way. This is done in a way that can only be achieved by a highly experienced orchardist-practitioner-author-philosopher."
George W. Bird,
Soil Ecology Professor, Michigan State University
"For decades experts have insisted that organic orcharding is an impossibility. Michael Phillips has led the effort to show that the truly sustainable, organic orchard is something we all can have. His example has been an inspiration. His tireless research has provided a road map to creating our own holistic orchards."
Fedco Trees, Waterville, Maine
"This book is a testament to the healing revolution we all create together. The plants and the Earth and love shine through!"
Director, American Herbalist's Guild
"Herbalist's Way is more than an overview of current herbal practice -- it delves deep into the heart of herbalism and gives the best orientation yet to the person who asks, 'What do I do when I hear the call of the healing plants?'"
"You both have created something that is truly a labor of love, a gift to the herbal community and to others searching for a connection with herbs and community."
"I just speed-read your book! I couldn't put it down. It's so wonderful. I wish I could make everyone I know read it so that they could understand why I want to follow the path of the herbalist! It's all in there. Bravo!"
"The Apple Grower will set the standards for organic growers for many years to come. This book raises the difficult questions and answers them honestly. Michael Phillips is a prolific and captivating writer who has walked the walk through his trees."
author of The Orchard Almanac
"The lure of the apple has been the undoing of many a would-be fruit gardener. But with experience comes wisdom, and nowhere has this wisdom been more generously and articulately revealed than in the pages of this book."
science editor for Horticulture magazine
"Michael Phillips bridges the small but precarious chasm between organic and IPM apple growing. This book is full of facts, lore, and a lot of heart and soul."
Apple Hill Farm, Concord, NH
"The Apple Grower is a must read for anyone who grows apples."
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