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Organic apple grower inspired at tilth conference

By Dan Wheat
Capitol Press

The Capitol Press reviews the Tilth Conference in Wenatchee.

Steve Cole intends to devote more time to his orchard in the Greenbluff district northeast of Spokane since he recently retired from his day job as a physical therapist.

As owner of the only certified organic tree fruit orchard in Spokane County, Cole says he was inspired to pay more attention to his soil at the state’s annual Tilth Conference at the Wenatchee Convention Center, Nov. 11-13.

Cole was among 450 attendees who listened to keynote speaker Michael Phillips, a New Hampshire apple grower and author of “The Holistic Orchard,” talk about biological resiliency and soil health.

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