Learn to Grow Fruit Trees

Organic fruit tree care education through our blog, podcast, and our award-winning book and online fruit tree care workshops.

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees

Organic fruit tree care education through our blog, podcast, and our award-winning book and online fruit tree care workshops.

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Awards

Awards for our online fruit tree care courses and book

Growing Urban Orchards
By Susan Poizner
Garden Writers’ Association Silver Award of Achievement 2014
Book Writing: General Readership

OrchardPeople.com Online Fruit Tree Care Training 
Garden Writers’ Association Silver Award of Achievement 2014
Electronic Media: Broadcast, Special Project

OrchardPeople.com Online Fruit Tree Care Training 
Garden Writers’ Association Silver Award of Achievement 2015
Electronic Media: Broadcast, Special Project

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Recent Blogs

Red Deer Community Orchards Thrive With The Help of City Staff

Red Deer Alberta becomes an edible city under the guidance of city staff trained in specialist fruit tree care.

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Jesuit Pear Trees – Is it time to bring back this heirloom tree?

Jesuit Pear Trees produce pears that are sweet, spicy and very rare. This cultivar has been growing in North America since the 1700s and it is disease resistant. Is it time for a Jesuit Pear revival?

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Recycling Urban Trees

Sometimes a tree comes to the end of its life due to old age or sickness, and it can be heartbreaking to send it to the chipper. A project in Virginia is working hard to link up arborists, foresters, millers and artisan woodworks to save trees from that sad fate.

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Edible Community Garden Grant: Free Fruit Trees – And Fruit Tree Care Training

Get Free Fruit Trees and Free Fruit Tree Training for your group. Apply for the TreeMobile OrchardPeople.com Edible Community Garden Grant (For those in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Guelph and Cambridge Ontario).

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Fertilizer Focus: Is Chicken Manure Good For Fruit Trees

Is chicken manure good for fruit trees? Not always. Read this blog to find on when to use this popular fertilizer.

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Susan’s Story on The UrbanFarm Podcast

Learn the story of Susan Poizner, founder of OrchardPeople.com and the challenges of creating a community orchard in Toronto, Canada

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Holiday Discount – Just for Ewe!

Celebrate the holidays with Orchard People. We’re offering 25 percent off the price of our online fruit tree care training course until December 31, 2016 – just for you!

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Pressing Apple Cider: A Family Affair

For some families harvesting their apple trees and pressing apple cider is a family tradition. Meet author Steve Biggs and his family on a cider pressing day.

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Dwarf cherry tree or cherry shrub? Which is better for your garden?

Dwarf cherry tree? Or cherry shrub? Which is a better choice for your small garden?

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How to Make Hard Cider

Learn how to make hard cider, in three easy steps with Ben Watson, Author of Cider Hard and Sweet.

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Recent Podcasts

Episode 20: Battling Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

April 25, 2017 – It has devestated orchards in parts of the United States….and now Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs may be on their way to a fruit tree near you. Learn how to protect your trees in this podcast.

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Episode 19: All You Need To Know About Pawpaws

They are native in North America. The fruit is delicious. So why do some find that pawpaw trees (Asimina triloba) so hard to grow? Find out the secrets to success in this podcast.

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Episode 18: The Best of Urban Forestry Radio 2016

Highlights of The Urban Forestry Radio Show from 2016 including an adventure in seabuckthorn, the nasty lives of beneficial bugs, fireblight, and the future of growing fruit trees.

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Episode 17: Fruit Trees in the Desert, Native Edibles

Learn how to grow fruit trees in the desert…or in drought…with Greg Peterson of Urbanfarm.org. And how to grow and enjoy native edibles from seed with expert Russ Cohen.

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Episode 16: Growing Chestnut Trees

Explore Iowa’s annual chestnut festival. Learn how to cook chestnuts. And learn how to grow chestnut trees from seed and what cultivars to choose.

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Episode 15: The Next Great Apple

The search is on for the next great apple tree. We chat with Rob Wyles of Washington State who discovered the new “Foxtrot” apple and to Daryl Somers of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario about the science behind taste and apple breeding.

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Episode 14: Learning From Leaves & Cherry Root Stock

What do the leaves of your tree tell you about its health? And explore the types of cherry root stock and why it’s important to choose the right one.

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Episode 13: How to Make Cider – and Girls in the Trees

Learn how to make cider with your apple harvest with Ben Watson, Author of Cider Hard and Sweet. And learn why women are being encouraged to look for jobs in arboriculture and forestry in an interview with Katrina van Osch-Saxon of Fleming College’s Urban Forestry Program.

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Episode 12: Fireblight. And Persimmon Passion!

Learn how to protect your apple and pear trees from fireblight. And how to choose a persimmon variety to plant that actually tastes good!

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Episode 11: The Sex Lives of Insect Pests & Fruit Tree Irrigation

How understanding the sex lives of insect pests helps you protect your fruit trees & why fruit tree irrigation isn’t as easy as you might think.

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About Us

Susan Poizner

Urban Orchardist,
Director, OrchardPeople.com

Susan Poizner is an award-winning author, journalist, urban orchardist and fruit tree care educator based in Toronto, Canada. She trains arborists, master gardeners, community orchardists and home orchardists in fruit tree care skills through her in-person and online workshops, webinars, monthly newsletters and monthly radio show and podcast. She is the author of the  award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. Learn more about her on the About Susan page.

 

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