Learn the tricks of cultivating a thriving, diverse orchard that is naturally resilient to pests and disease with New Hampshire orchardist Michael Phillips, when he returns to Sterling College’s School of the New American Farmstead to teach “Ecological Orcharding” June 28-30, 2018.

This three-day course covers variety selection, natural sprays and how to improve the biology of the orchard and soil to support optimal production. Participants will develop an understanding of the mutual benefits of diverse orchard plantings, pollinators, beneficial insects, soil fertility and microbiome. The class will explore the role of mycorrhizal fungi in supporting plant health and soil fertility, and receive instruction on techniques for managing and maintaining year-round orchards for optimal growth.

Phillips will also give a free public talk called “Fungal Consciousness” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28 in Simpson Hall at Sterling College, delivering insight into the invisible world of mycorrhizae and plant roots beneath our feet.  

Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant and speaker who lives with his family on Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of the Holistic Orchard Network. Michael also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com and is the author of several books published by Chelsea Green.

For more information on this course and to register, please visit: https://www.sterlingcollege.edu/course/ecological-orcharding/

This class is being offered through The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF), Sterling College’s continuing education program, which presents agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs and craftspeople ways to hone valuable skills while adhering to the College’s principles of environmental stewardship and experiential learning.



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