Orchard People Testimonials

Why are hundreds of people using our books, workshops and educational fruit tree care materials?

Read on…

Online Workshop Testimonials

Students of OrchardPeople.com’s Online Certificate in Beginner Fruit Tree Care include master gardeners, arborists, foresters, urban agriculturalists, and home growers of all levels of experience.

“Poizner answers all the questions that most of us would like to ask, but don’t, for fear of looking stupid in front of salespeople at garden centres. In fact, if you’re recently planted a fruit sapling, her section called “Winter Pruning for the First Three Years” is a must read. (I wish I’d had the book years ago.) Unlike arborists, who love tossing around baffling terms, Poizner takes a “guide for dummies” approach to the topic.”

Sonia Day

Gardening Columnist, Toronto Star

“The Orchard People Beginner Fruit Tree Course caught my eye when I noticed that it was Canadian and urban based, as so much of the content out there is for warmer zones and farmer scale. I will be designing (with consultant assistance) and installing a poly-culture orchard in my large suburban yard and wanted more applied information regarding care and maintenance. This course provided broad topic coverage with sufficient depth for people with beginner or intermediate knowledge to find useful. I recommend this course, it’s well worth your time and money.”
Jay Cuthbertson

Courtice, Ontario

“I am a Toronto Master Gardener for over seven years, living and growing a few organic fruit trees in my backyard in Toronto. I attended a meeting/lecture at the TBG where Susan talked about growing fruit trees. I was so impressed with Susan’s presentation that I decided to take the course to increase my knowledge of growing organic fruit tree and care. I have food allergies so I’m not able to eat most of the fruits on the market; growing my own organic fruits would allow me to enjoy fresh fruits in the summer. The trees did well for a few years but they have grown too big and showing signs of stress. I needed the course to help me to identify why the trees were not producing as many fruits, as well as to help to prune the trees. The course helped me to identify the diseases, the general care of the trees, when to spray, prune and help the tree to get more sunlight. The entire course was great! Susan made the lectures really interesting, simple to understand, which allowed me to follow along on all the modules. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to get more knowledge on growing fruit trees.”

Connie Foster

Master Gardener, Toronto, Ontario

“I am proud to have completed Orchard People’s Beginner Fruit Tree Care Workshop Series. This course included 40 lessons with 8 hours of video, and several e-books including Susan Poizner’s award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”. Lessons included; choosing the best planting location, fruit tree varieties, disease resistance, fruit tree pollination, planting bare root trees, thinning fruit, seasonal pruning, pests and disease prevention and more. Susan’s course was well structured and extremely informative. I highly recommend this valuable course.”

Rose Tileston

Co-Founder, Hidden Harvest Pittsburgh

“I really loved this course. It was a lot of fun and made learning the topic so interesting and enjoyable! The methods used and the way of teaching really made it easy for me to retain the information. I will definitely recommend to others.”
Liz Lovell

Horticultural Technician Apprentice,, Toronto, Ontario

“This course and the accompanying ebook are packed with practical information that takes the mystery out of growing fruit trees. Susan’s method of presenting the course material is interesting and easy to follow. I now feel knowledgable enough to make my first fruit tree purchases this spring:)”

Stacey Silvestri

Gardener, City of Mississauga Parks Department

“Thank you for an insightful course – a must-do for anyone interested in growing their own fruit. It was full of great essential information with straight forward, to-the-point lessons.”

Lindsay Stuijfzand

Gardener, Toronto, Ontario

“I took the Beginner Fruit Tree course in anticipation of planting an orchard at our new school garden.  Although I have a gardening background I knew very little about fruit trees other than how much I enjoyed eating their bounty!   I  hoped that this beginner’s course would give me a solid foundation  of knowledge to plant and take care of our new trees.

The online course was very informative, easy to follow and enjoyable.  The videos and the eBook provided me with a solid understanding of fruit trees and their care.  I feel much more competent about planting and nurturing our orchard!”

Elaine Garness

Program Supervisor, Aptus Teaching Landscape

“Fruit tree care for arborists is a fact filled course with a wealth of information on growing and caring for fruit trees organically. I would highly recommend the fruit tree care course for anyone considering growing fruit trees.”

Alan Malcolmson

ISA Certified Arborist, Master Gardener, Toronto, Ontario

“The course was fantastic. Great coverage. Just completed my final assessment. Thank you for your formidable contribution to growing fruit trees. Can’t wait to get started.”

Barry Crabtree

ISA Certified Arborist, Malden, NC

“I studied trees as a Forestry Technician student at Fleming College… I would recommend this course to anyone that is curious about fruit trees…There’s a wealth of information, from the basics to the finer details of tree care and pest or disease control.”

Mandy Rice

GreenUp Ecology Park Stewardship Coordinator, , GreenUp Peterborough

Book Testimonials

Over 1,000 people have purchased or downloaded Growing Urban Orchards. Read why below!

“Poizner answers all the questions that most of us would like to ask, but don’t, for fear of looking stupid in front of salespeople at garden centres. In fact, if you’re recently planted a fruit sapling, her section called “Winter Pruning for the First Three Years” is a must read. (I wish I’d had the book years ago.) Unlike arborists, who love tossing around baffling terms, Poizner takes a “guide for dummies” approach to the topic.” Sonia Day

Gardening Columnist, Toronto Star

“I read Growing Urban Orchards twice. I adore your book. It truly shows how one woman’s efforts can inspire a community.I find this book a great reference for my library both as a Home Orchardist of 30 fruit trees, Municipal Arborist who prunes Municipal Community Gardens and Business Owner, that prunes residential fruit trees.. Your book is very informative, progressive and very much inspiring. You have not skipped a beat! I shall recommend this book to clients and colleagues alike.”

Jayne Lacey

Certified Arborist, Washougal, Washington

“As a horticulturalist reading through your book, you’ve made this read to be understood in a ‘simplified’ fashion. Love it! Thank you very much. Can you please send me three more copies? I have some employees that would enjoy this read.”

Paul VandenEngel

Certified Arborist, Western Landscape Services, Kingston, Ontario

“Demystifying fruit tree care is the goal of the recently published book Growing Urban Orchards. The author, Susan Poizner, is the founder of a community orchard in Toronto, and her inclusive, reassuring tone in the book goes a long way to encouraging everyone to plant and care for fruit trees.” Ground Magazine

Landscape Architect Quarterly, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

“Growing Urban Orchards is everything you want in a fruit tree guide: clarity, organization, encouragement, solid information and lots and lots of pictures. Not too much and not too little. It is just what the novice, and even the somewhat seasoned orchardist, needs. And, it is gorgeous!”

Nina Beth Cardin

Founder, Baltimore Orchard Project

“I just finished reading growing urban orchards. I very much enjoyed the book. I’m taking away a strong set of practical tools/information as well as the confidence provided by the wealth of extra resources you suggest. I liked how concise all the information was. I felt like it carried an excellent balance of useful information, real world experience, case studies, and practical step by step guides. I will be passing it around to as many people as I can.”

Bradley English

Brampton, Ontario

“If you thought that a tree was just a tree, this book will expand your mind into the multifunctional and multidimensional category of fruiting trees. For shade, atmospheric cooling, community gathering and, of course, for food. Susan Poizner knows of what she writes.” (Excerpt from review in Toronto Star newspaper).

Mark Cullen

Volunteer Chair, Trees For Life

“Hi Susan, I wanted to thank you for writing your book – it gave me the final push to buy the sour cherry tree I’ve been dreaming of for the last few years!”

Matthew Middleton

Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

“Growing Urban Orchards is a fabulous resource. It reads well and the pictures are excellent too. Congratulations on producing a fine piece of work!”

David Tracey

Executive Director, Tree City Canada

“To grow a fruit tree is an act of beauty and community that connects us to this planet we call home.  Susan Poizner prepares you for this task by explaining the science, the technique and everything else you need to know to get started. It’s obvious that this invaluable book is inspired by the joy of growing fruit.”

Sarah Elton

Bestselling Author, , "Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet"

“Look no further for an indispensable guide to growing fruit trees – this is it. Susan Poizner doesn’t cover only the how-to, she tells you why certain techniques work, and includes stories from professional and amateur growers in Canada and the U.S.”

Liz Primeau

Author, , "Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass"

“Susan Poizner is the perfect guide to lead novices and experts alike through the opportunities and challenges of growing fruit trees in the city. With a tone that’s seasoned (confessing her own mistakes to save us from making them!), reassuring and refreshingly clear, Poizner provides tips, tools, and a treasure-trove of practical information.”

Lorraine Johnson

Author,, City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing and The New Ontario Naturalized Garden