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Holistic Disease Management

  • Presenter: Michael Phillips, Lost Nation Orchard
  • Fruit tree diseases, unchecked by holistic understanding, can wreak havoc in the orchard. We’ll take an in-depth look at how the organic grower can keep apple scab, rusts and rots from developing on the fruit to a reasonable minimum. Bacterial pathogens like fire blight warrant special attention. Utilizing pure neem oil, liquid fish, effective microbes and fermented herbal brews allows us to leave behind the mineral fungicides of “old school organics.” These are exciting times to be growing healthy fruit!

Orchard Health

  • Presenter: Michael Phillips, Lost Nation Orchard
  • Our primary role as orchardists is to build system health. Understory management that embraces forest edge ecology is critical when it comes to getting a leg up on fruit tree diseases. Equally telling is the nutrient density — and flavor! — of the apples we then harvest for our families and communities. Learn about fungal allies, root relationships, fertility considerations and the biodiversity that makes good fruit possible no matter what your level of experience.

Managing Fire Blight in Apples and Pears Organically

  • Presenter: Tianna DuPont, Washington State Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center
  • Fire blight is a serious apple and pear disease in Washington. In recent years, significant losses to the industry have resulted due to this disease. With large infections in some areas in 2016, it will be important to have a plan for prevention in 2017. Join WSU Tree Fruit Specialist Tianna DuPont for a discussion of fire blight biology and techniques for successful organic management.


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