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Author and Orchardist Michael Phillips to Present "Holistic Orcharding" at Sterling College

16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT

Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but, more importantly, fostering nature. Author and orchardist Michael Phillips will discuss orcharding in a holistic way that will let aspiring fruit growers’ interests blossom.

Phillips will present “Holistic Orcharding” at Sterling College on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Common House on campus. The talk is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A and book signing afterwards, and copies of his book The Holistic Orchard (Chelsea Green, 2012) will be available for sale.

He will discuss how to build a healthy ecosystem in an orchard, including embracing forest-edge ecology and working with biology both above and below ground. “As the tree is growing,” he says, “you’re learning.”

Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern new Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Phillips authored The Apple Grower and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at

The vibrant working landscape of Vermont has been the inspiration for Sterling College’s curriculum for a half century. Sterling's sustainable agriculture and land management programs were among the first in the nation. The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College connects the College's mission of environmental stewardship education by linking ecological principles of land management with the entrepreneurial community-building spirit of today's artisan food movement.

The School of the New American Farmstead programming is generously supported by Chelsea Green Publishing, the preeminent publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. Chelsea Green, an independent publishing company, works with authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life. Their titles provide readers with accessible and implementable knowledge about subjects at the heart of the Sterling College curriculum: organic farming and gardening, permaculture, ecology, the environment, simple living, food, green building, sustainable business and economics, among others. Many of the School of the New American Farmstead’s esteemed instructors are authors of widely read Chelsea Green titles.