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In the Spotlight
The good work that we've been blessed to share here at Heartsong Farm gets an occasional burst of attention. We'll keep you posted about recent interviews and other goings-on that have touched our lives. What's most fun about these sorts of things is the serendipitous networking with other like-minded souls that inevitably follows.
Bringing Out the Best Flavors Organically
Public television came to our farm in the summer of 2014 to talk about the flavor of healthy apples. Check out Episode 519 of Growing a Greener World with Joe Lamp'l. This film crew has fun putting together top-notch shows . . . and we especially recommend the episode on solitary bees. Folks, you need to support these pollinators!
The Uplifting Side of Farming
Those tending land and community alike in these tenuous times inspire us. Come on Home! Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms That Point the Way links to many of our heroes. That a certain herbalist and her fruit-growing husband were included is awesome. The core message of Resilience (which publishes many such articles) is to help the world transition away from fossil fuels and build sustainable, resilient communities.
"If there's a world here in a hundred years, it's going to be saved by tens of millions of little things."
-- Pete Seeger
Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together
The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist
An Award Winner!
Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. The Holistic Orchard is one of five books chosen for the 2012 Book Award. This comprehensive guide is "like spending a weekend with the guru of organic orcharding" according to Kathy LaLiberte of the award committee. Of course, it's the trees that are the true imparters of knowledge here . . . but how cool to tap into ecosystem wisdom, eh?
Totally Green Apples
Anne Raver, long-term garden writer at the New York Times, has discovered The Holistic Orchard. This is beaucoup publicity for getting the word out about healthy orcharding. You don't often read a newspaper feature that gets the biological facts correct!
The Apple Grower Speaks
Interviews are fun to do, especially when presenters know a thing or two about real farming. Chris Blanchard caught up with Michael recently to talk about mycorrhizal dynamics for market gardeners and orchardists alike. Check out Episode 108 for Michael's bit and then explore even more Farmer-to-Farmer podcasts. Allan Balliett crafts insightful interviews on the Biodynamics Now! podcast. Michael first joined the conversation in Episode 8 to share how certain teachings of Steiner influenced the holistic approach to orcharding. Our fungal steward returns anew in Episode 36 to share Steiner insights into the "common root being" that makes for resilient ecosystems.
Lost Nation Videos Have Arrived!
An orchard friend has generously lent his talents to a delightful visual presentation of our apple offerings. We invite you to have a peak at Michael's humble efforts at film presence. Marlon Brando in the orchard? We doubt it. . . but honestly? Our friend Chris did a fantastic job. These clips truly capture the essence of healthy orcharding. Please enjoy the show!
Acres USA Interview
Barbara Berst Adams put together an in-depth interview with Michael and Nancy about the goings on at Heartsong Farm that was featured in the July 2004 issue of Acres USA. We've posted that article at Apples Meet Herbs on a New Hampshire Farm as a good way of sharing more of our philosophy.
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