Michael was a wonderful teacher, deeply knowledgeable and superbly empathetic. Sadly, he is no longer with us, having died in his orchard on Sunday, February 27th. Those who remain and shared his work are struggling to know how to proceed, to keep disseminating his knowledge and continue his research. This work will most likely be carried forward through the Holistic Orchard Network.
The information preserved below outlines the ways Michael taught, and are kept as a blueprint for us to try to emulate.
Class topics are designed to run 75 to 90 minutes. These are best suited for the typical conference time slot. Workshops on orcharding, soil biology, and herbs can be shaped for different levels of experience.
Extended workshops run up to four hours. These fit well into university-style curriculums in a preconference day or can be presented as a two-parter in a regular conference program.
Full day courses typically run eight hours, with time set aside for lunch. In-season intensives have both a presentation component and time with the trees. A second day together takes things even further.
Addressing broader themes means weaving humor and vision into words that speak to the heart. I take my inspiration from the trees and the fungi and grower friends . . . and we all come out on the other side of these talks alive and kicking. Let's explore the possibilities.
Tell me the class format that has caught you attention, be it workshops for a winter conference or a special event in the growing season. The distance to be travelled and thus days (and nights) away will be considered in the price quote. Conferences can receive a share of books sales for assistance selling my books. Reimbursement for all travel expenses (both car mileage and airfare), lodging, and meals is expected. Other nearby events scheduled on either side of your event makes cost-sharing of travel expenses possible.
Michael Phillips was renowned for helping people grow healthy fruit using herbal protocols. The community orchard movement that he helped found at GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael is the author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard, which received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society. His work has been compared with Sir Albert Howard and J.I. Rodale’s classic books on organic gardening. He teamed up with his wife Nancy to write The Herbalist’s Way, to explore the many paths whereby herbalists find their green niche. Michael’s latest, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils, will rock you!
Michael passed on to be with the Great Mystery that awaits us all in late February, 2022.