Orchard People is my fruit tree care consulting and education company. I train new organic orchardists across North America fruit tree care skills like fruit tree pruning, pest and disease prevention and more, through my in-person and online workshops and webinars.
I’m Susan Poizner, the Director of Orchard People Fruit Tree Care Consulting and Education. My goal is to train new orchardists across North America to grow organic fruit trees successfully. I do this through my blog, my book and through my in-person workshops and talks and online fruit tree care training courses.
On this page I tell my story in text and video. Also below you can click on some links to learn about the other services Orchard People offers. Thanks for visiting!
Learn my story and why I’m so passionate about organic fruit tree care
From Community Orchardist to Fruit Tree Care Instructor
My name is Susan Poizner and I am a journalist, filmmaker and gardener and one of the founders of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto. We planted our park’s first trees in 2009 but it didn’t take long until we faced common pest and disease problems including trellis rust on our pear trees, black knot on our plum trees, and canker on our apple and apricot trees.
I learned early on that there is a lot more to organic fruit tree care than I had expected. So, I did what journalists do – I started researching! I read countless books, interviewed experts and found mentors to help teach me including organic orchardists, agrologists, pomologists and scientists. Over the years I developed a simple and easy-to-implement way to grow organic fruit trees successfully that would help us care for and protect the trees in our park.
My passion also lead me to travel across North America to visit and learn from community orchards from coast to coast. I was inspired by all of these projects. And those who I met and interviewed were generous about sharing the problems they have faced and the lessons they have learned.
I documented these stories in my award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City. (Winner of Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement 2014 Book: General Interest). I use this book as a textbook for those who take my hands-on and in-person classes, workshops, presentations and webinars.
I have been involved in training urbanites in how to care for fruit trees since 2010 and over the years I have trained hundreds of people from coast to coast in my in-person workshops, live webinars and in my online workshops available on www.orchardpeople.com, an award-winning online e-learning portal in which students can learn all aspects of organic orchard care. (Winner of Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement 2014 Electronic: Special Project).
My goal is to inspire others to plant fruit trees and to care for them properly
My goal in creating this website is to inspire, educate and empower you to grow fruit successfully – whether it’s in your garden, schoolyard, or even in your local park. Growing fruit locally is a key step to being more connected to our environment and living a more sustainable life. I hope you’ll join me on this wonderful journey.
I’d love to hear your questions and stories! There are lots of ways to keep in touch with me. You can email me anytime, or follow me on social media (see the links below). Be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter for fruit tree care news, tips and seasonal reminders.
Be in touch soon. In the meantime, happy growing!
Director, Orchard People Fruit Tree Care Consulting and Education