CHESTER, Vt.—Have you always wanted to have beautiful, healthy fruit trees, but lacked the confidence or experience to give it a shot? Michael Phillips, well-known author will be The Nature Museum’s featured speaker on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street.
The following day Phillips will offer a two-hour workshop entitled, “Creating a Fruitful Landscape: A Field Intensive for Holistic Orcharding.” This unique opportunity is limited to 10 people and will take place at Soul Song Farm on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Chester. Participants are invited for coffee and a breakfast bite starting at 9 a.m.
Phillips believes that each of us can enjoy the timeless pleasure of healthy fruit trees and berries without using expensive and harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, modern life has left most of us without the experience or in-depth knowledge to produce truly healthy fruits.
Phillips will give beginners the inspiration and knowledge they’ll get started, as well as provide deeper answers for those with experience looking for support to go organic. He’ll discuss the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, orchard biology, and organic health management.
His presentation will include such topics as the importance of connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings; cover crops, the newest biodiversity research; and the latest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges.
Michael Phillips lives with his wife Nancy and daughter Grace on Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, where they grow fruits and a variety of medicinal herbs. Phillips’ Lost Nation Orchard on their farm is part of the Holistic Orchard Network.
The Nature Museum is co-sponsoring these two events with Michael Phillips. To register or for more information, or call 802-843-2111. The Nature Museum is a regional resource for nature, science and environmental education in Southern Vermont.