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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
Now on DVD!
Retail Price $49.95
Every farm and homestead can enjoy the timeless pleasure of a fruit orchard. You do this by emphasizing biological health and diversity -- from the microscopic fungi in the soil to the beneficial insects, companion plants, and wildlife that together form a complete and living orchard ecosystem.
Michael Phillips shows how in this 'dvd walk' through the orchard year. See basic horticultural skills demonstrated, from grafting and tree planting to the right mulch and pest management. Learn about groundbreaking strategies for growing apples and other tree fruits not just organically, but holistically. You now have every reason to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!
The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines
All the issues surrounding contemporary herbalism and common sense health care are explored in-depth in The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines. The intimate stories and practical advice offered by highly respected herbalists from across the country makes this book particularly inspiring. Knowing local plants and sharing their many offerings helps people feel better. You'll read about learning, growing, making medicine, consulting and teaching about the healing herbs in this unique guide. More and more, people are deciding that connecting with the earth is going to be an integral part of their life. Nurturing our loved ones and our communities, bestowing the gifts of the plants and of spirit, is the way of the village herbalist (click for online edition).
"I was thrilled to put your book in my teacher's bag of top ten herbals."
Sacred Traditions Center for Plant Studies
A Guide for the Organic Orchardist
Revised Edition Now Available!
Michael's apple book has been a modest success, selling 30,000 copies since its publication by Chelsea Green in 1998. The exciting news is that this classic orcharding book has just been written anew! This time around Apple Grower comes in full color with many practical charts and completely surprising features.
The cover price has gone up slightly to $40 for the revised and expanded edition. As one friend said, The Apple Grower is a full-fledged college course on apple growing in its own right, and certainly worth every penny.
This book proves that it is possible to grow good apples organically on a small scale, with a minimum of inputs and an integrated systems approach to orchard health. Whether you are a commercial orchardist, organic farmer, backyard enthusiast, or apple lover you will enjoy this unique old man's look through a young man's eyes.
"Organic fruit can indeed be grown anywhere,"
says our Lost Nation orchardist.
Saving our Medicinal Herbs
out of stock
Many herbalists contributed to Planting the Future, a United Plant Savers book on protecting and cultivating our healing herbs. We were delighted to contribute the story of goldthread, one of 33 native plants covered in depth.
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What People Are Saying About Our Books
"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."
We fully appreciate it when you choose to purchase your books directly from us, the authors. Frankly it's hard to compete with high-volume booksellers on the Internet which offer promotional discounts as a matter of course. Our royalty amounts to a modest one to two dollars per book on each of these sales. Purchasing directly from us means we earn as much as ten dollars more per book, and seeing as how hundreds of hours go into the writing process, that seems a heck of a lot more reasonable. Better pay in turn helps us to further share our insights into herbal healing and organic orcharding on this website. And you can get those books inscribed by Michael and Nancy, now, live and inspired. Thank you for taking a moment to consider all this.
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