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Fruit Trees

Whether you use organic or conventional orchard practices, several websites can provide you with a great deal of information about insect and disease pressure, spray timing, frost predictions and a whole lot more. Here are a few of the best:

UMaine Cooperative Extension:
Cornell University:
University of Vermont:
Holistic Orchard Network:

Apple Crop

Cornell University: Grafting

Lost Nation Orchard - Michael Phillips (author, The Apple Grower)- Organic Orcharding

North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)

Penn State Agricultural Sciences : Small-Scale Fruit Production — A Comprehensive Guide

Planting: Calculate the spacing required for your Apple trees

Renovating Old, Abandoned Apple Trees

The Apple Pest Report and other regional tree fruit newsletters are available online at following addresses:
Maine Apple Pest Report
New York
New Jersey


Orchard Ladders

Baldwin Orchard Ladders
Sturdy lightweight traditionally shaped wooden orchard ladders have wide bottoms for stability and narrow tops for easy handling and placement. Contact the manufacturer:

Peter Baldwin



Cider Presses:

Talisman Farm Cider runs the Cider Digest, an electronic newsletter and forum about all things cider. Invaluable resource, and the past issues are also archived for download. Well worth subscribing to.

Western Massachusetts family crafting hard ciders using Golden Russets and Baldwins.

New Hampshire cider crafters using traditional English cider apple varieties. Friend of Fedco Trees whose advice and gifts of scionwood have guided our variety offerings.

Unique Massachusetts orchard/brewery/winery/distillery/great restaurant and friend. They offer many varieties of fruit, including some English cider apples, as pick-your-own. Along with their wines and cider, the new distillery line includes apple and pear brandies.

Washington State University site with good general information on hard cider varieties, as well as an excellent chart for heirloom and common American apple varieties and their traditional English classifications (sweet, bittersweet, sharp, bittersharp).

THE UK hard cider site. Lots of links, guides to, book suggestions, and all around excellent promotion.

UK Campaign for Real Ale has a sub-group called APPLE (the Apple and Pear Product Liaison Executive) to promote cider and perry (hard pear cider).

And in case you need a new cider press...
Correll Cider Press:
Lehman's Non-electric:


Pest Management

Pest Management at the University of Maine

The Twenty-third Annual March Message (a compilation and discussion of the state of the art in insect pest management of apples) is available on the “New” UMass Fruit Advisor

National Park Service Integrated Pest Management Manual

Scaffolds Fruit Journal - IPM : Cornell University, NY St Agricultural Experiment Station



Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

U.S. Forest Service : New Woody Plant Seed Manual

Chelsea Green - Books for Sustainable Living