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Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs: Village Herbalist Nancy Phillips and Apple Grower Michael Phillips


2019 Speaking Schedule
Nancy & Michael Phillips

We're thrilled to offer our take on earth wisdom whenever the opportunity arises. Hope to see ya soon!


January 18-19, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, Iowa. Our fungal emissary brings the mycorrhizal good news to the Midwest! Michael's conference keynote will be a Soil Redemption Song featuring fungi and plants alike, followed by a Mycorrhizal Practicum to apply such principles to all cropping systems. The apple short course brings together IPM growers and organic growers to dialogue about biological management practices. See for all the details.

February 23-24, Canadian Organic Growers, Cornwall, Ontario. Michael's contributions to EcoFarm Day will be a session on Fungal Consciousness followed by a Mycorrhizal Practicum. A full-day intensive on Successful Biological Orcharding follows on Sunday. See for all the details.


February 28 - March 2, Indiana Small Farm Conference, Danville, Indiana. We start with a full-day intensive on Successful Biological Orcharding. Workshop sessions with Michael will look at Supporting the Arboreal Food Web and the Great Mineral Debate. The conference keynote on Friday evening will be the full fungal expose that is Soil Redemption Song. Check for the scoop.

March 23, Home Orchard Care, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Join Michael for a day long workshop on how to grow fruit at home. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. Register at

April 14, Organic Orcharding 101, Pownal, Maine. Michael enjoys heading 'downeast' to teach folks for a full day on growing tree fruit organically for their families and communities. Come for a complete rundown on orchard pests, allies, diseases, and proven varieties from the holistic perspective. This year we meet at Portersfield Cider to see David Buchanan's dwarf tree orchard. Check out MOFGA's Events Calendar for all pertinent details.


April 20, Grafting & Pruning Class, Brownington, Vermont. Michael enjoys this annual demonstration day at the Old Stone House Museum in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Participants get to graft seedling rootstock under Michael's tutelage and then get to take their 'trees-to-be' back home. Pruning is explained in layman's terms and then aptly demonstrated.

The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

Holistic Orchardist Network: -- click for more on Organic Orcharding
more resources:
Grow Organic Apples

June 2-3, Holistic Orchard Intensive, Groveton, New Hampshire. Here at the farm!


August 12 -16, Ecological Orcharding, Craftsbury, Vermont. Explore orcharding depths over five full days with Michael at Sterling College. This course includes a field trip to Lost Nation Orchard to see a fruit tree ecosystem firsthand. Registration and lodging information can be found here


August 31-September 2, Healing the Healers, Groveton, New Hampshire. Here at the farm!

Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary. Image by Anne Stokes, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together

November 2-3, Cider Days, Franklin County, Massachusetts. Come for two days of orchard tours, cider making and tastings, and workshops. This is for all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. Apple lovers need to check out Cider Days in the Berkshires!


November 21-24, North American Biodynamic Conference, Lake George, New York. This important national gathering comes east this time around. Michael will be there to prod 'Fungal Consciousness' to the fore and take in the wisdom of many renowned growers. You'll find the plan at


Looking Ahead to 2020

Plans for the next year are already starting to take shape!

January 9-10, Mid Ohio Growers, Mt Hope, Ohio

January 11, MOFFA Organic Intensives, East Lansing, Michigan

January 27-29, No-Till on the Plains, Wichita, Kansas

February 5-8, PASA Conference, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

March 19-21, Living Soils Symposium, Montreal, Canada

April 25, Southwest Orchard Class, Norwood, Colorado


Nancy, Michael and Gracie Phillips: the Heartsong Farm family -- click to learn more about us. (photo: Frank Siteman)

Don't forget to check out our schedule of classes as well! Our programs here at Heartsong Farm emphasize meeting the plants and connecting with the spirit of the land. Many find the chance to visit this blessed spot a healing adventure in itself. Each year we'll be hosting notable community herbalists who will offer advanced teachings as part of our ongoing Radiant Women Weekends. Orchardists-to-be will want to mark their calendars for our Holistic Orchard Intensive with Michael held early in June. We're honored to have you join us.

We can come to your Conference! Interested in having us come to speak about organic orcharding, community herbalism, and self-reliant living? All you have to do is ask! We'll send you a presentation flyer outlining the types of talks we offer and our needs as regards expenses. Michael is available as well to do organic orchard consultations, which include a site visit and mentoring throughout a growing season.

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