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Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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: umaine.edu/ipm/programs/apple/
Cornell University: fruit.cornell.edu/
University of Vermont: uvm.edu/~fruit/
Holistic Orchard Network: groworganicapples.com/
Cornell University: Grafting
Lost Nation Orchard - Michael Phillips (author,
The Apple Grower)- Organic Orcharding
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)
Penn State Extension
UMass Extension Fruit Program
Apple Pest reports:
New York http://www.scaffolds.entomology.cornell.edu/index.html
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:
Talisman Farm in Colorado 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
West County Cider in western Massachusetts crafts hard ciders
using Golden Russets and Baldwins.
Poverty Lane Orchards & Farnham Hill Ciders in New Hampshire crafts cider using traditional
English cider apple varieties. Friend of Fedco Trees whose advice
and gifts of scionwood have guided our variety offerings.
Nashoba Valley Winery in Massachusetts is a unique orchard, brewery, winery, distillery, great
restaurant and friend to Fedco. 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.
The UK hard cider wiki has 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).
Pest Management at the University of Maine
National Park Service Integrated Pest Management
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 (download pdf)
Chelsea Green - Books for Sustainable Living