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.

What is Orchard People?

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Awards

Since 2014 Orchard People has earned five North American Awards for this website, for our podcast and radio show, our online fruit tree care courses and book!

The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast
By Susan Poizner, OrchardPeople.com
The Association for Garden Communicators
Silver Award of Achievement 2017
Podcast Series: Overall

OrchardPeople.com
By Susan Poizner
The Association for Garden Communicators
Silver Award of Achievement 2017
Website, Individual: Overall

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

Something for Everyone

Explore our free podcasts, blogs and eBooks as well as premium fruit tree care training

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Recent Blogs

Grower Profile: Jeanne Calabrese

Grower Profile: Meet Jeanne Calabrese of Chicago, a home grower who has turned her yard into a beautiful and productive orchard.

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Getting to know the bugs in your orchard

Getting to know the bugs in your orchard is critical if you’re going to be able to care for your fruit trees. Get a glimpse into their world in this blog.

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Learning From Tree Leaves

Tree leaves can indicate nutritional deficiencies and pest and disease problems. Learn how to understand what they are saying.

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How Do You Celebrate Podcast and Website Awards?

OrchardPeople.com and The Urban Forestry Radio Show have both won Silver Awards of Achievement from the GWA (Association of Garden Communicators)…how do you celebrate?

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When it comes to fruit tree skills, practice makes perfect!

When it comes to fruit tree care skills, practice makes perfect. That’s what the interns have discovered who are involved in the the fruit tree care internship project at San Romanoway in Toronto’s Jane and Finch area.

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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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Recent Podcasts

Episode 26: Apple Storage and Honeycrisp Challenges

Why are Honeycrisp apples so hard to grow and to store? Find out in this episode of Urban Forestry Radio.

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Episode 24: Kickstarting Your Soil

Learn how to kickstart your soil so that your fruit trees and perennial plants thrive – with Liz Stell, Author of “Secrets to Great Soil.”

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Episode 23: What is IPM?

What is IPM and how can it help you keep your fruit trees pest and disease free?

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Episode 22: Protecting Fruit Trees from Deer, Squirrels and other Critters

When it comes to deer gnawing on the branches on your young fruit trees, the buck stops here! Learn more about protecting your fruit trees and garden from deer and other wildlife in this podcast.

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Episode 21: How to Grow Beach Plums

Learn how to grow beach plums and how to develop genetically diverse plant communities that will thrive in your unique conditions.

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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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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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