Michael Phillips shares green man ways to grow healthy through biological alchemy.
How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots
Building system health applies to all fruits, and here's the book that will inspire beyond organic understanding!
Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
by Michael Phillips
Many people want to grow fruit but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something anyone with passionate desire can do -- given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees.
The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, including soil biology and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year.
Michael Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, locally-inspired solutions to pest and disease challenges.
with Michael Phillips
Running Time 5 hours
Every farm and homestead can enjoy the timeless pleasure of a fruit orchard. You do this by emphasizing biological health and diversity -- from the microscopic fungi in the soil to the beneficial insects, companion plants, and wildlife that together form a complete and living orchard ecosystem.
Michael Phillips shows how in this 'dvd walk' through the orchard year. See basic horticultural skills demonstrated, from grafting and tree planting to the right mulch and pest management. Learn about groundbreaking strategies for growing apples and other tree fruits not just organically, but holistically. You now have every reason to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!
'Be warned, don't plan to watch this video while casually munching a bowl of popcorn. It is so densely packed with valuable information that you'll be reaching for the remote's pause button in order to take notes and not miss a single gem that Phillips has to share.'
Penny Lewis (read complete review)
Anyone wanting to grow healthy apples should really begin with the book that helped make these networking pages possible:
A Guide for the Organic Orchardist
by Michael Phillips
Michael's apple book has been a modest success, selling 40,000 copies since its initial publication by Chelsea Green in 1998. This classic orcharding tome was fully revised and expanded in 2005, with color images and many practical charts throughout.
As one friend put it, this definitive guide to organic orcharding is a full-fledged college course in its own right, and certainly worth every penny of the cover price.
Michael's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have made The Apple Grower the go-to book among community and home orchardists alike. Those who are serious about succeeding with apples need to have the updated edition on their bookshelf.
The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines
by Nancy and Michael Phillips
All the issues surrounding contemporary herbalism and common sense health care are explored in-depth in The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines. The intimate stories and practical advice offered by highly respected herbalists from across the country makes this book particularly inspiring. Knowing local plants and sharing their many offerings helps people feel better. You'll read about learning, growing, making medicine, consulting and teaching about the healing herbs in this unique guide. More and more, people are deciding that connecting with the earth is going to be an integral part of their life. Nurturing our loved ones and our communities, bestowing the gifts of the plants and of spirit, is the way of the village herbalist.
'I was thrilled to put your book in my teacher's bag of top ten herbals.'
by Rosemary Gladstar with many friends
Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar has been touting the health benefits of fire cider – a spicy blend of apple cider vinegar, onion, ginger, horseradish, garlic, and other immune-boosting herbs – since almost the beginning of time. Her original recipe, inspired by traditional cider vinegar remedies, has given rise to dozens of fire cider formulations created by fans of the tonic who use it to address everyday ills, from colds and flu to leg cramps and hangovers. Fire Cider! is a lively collection of 101 recipes contributed by more than 70 herbal enthusiasts, with energizing versions ranging from Black Currant Fire Cider to Triple Goddess Vinegar, Fire Cider Dark Moonshine, and Bloody Mary Fire Cider. Colorful asides, including tribute songs and amusing anecdotes, capture Rosemary’s passionate desire to pass along the fire cider tradition.
We so appreciate those of you who purchase books directly from the creators of the work. Frankly, it goes against all odds to even try to compete with high-volume booksellers on the Internet. Cutthroat discounts tear at the heart of personal incentive and local economy. Directing that retail margin instead to the author (or your local independent bookstore) keeps things humming, much like going to the farmer's market to support your favorite farmers. And you in turn can get those books inscribed by Michael and Nancy, now, live and inspired!