Practical Guide for Organic Apple Production

Lorraine P. Berkett1, Renae E. Moran2 , M. Elena Garcia3, Heather M. Darby1, Robert L. Parsons1, Terence L. Bradshaw1, Sarah L. Kingsley-Richards1, and Morgan C. Griffith1
1University of Vermont, 2University of Maine, 3University of Arkansas
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Horticulture

Organic IPM

Soil Health &
Ground Cover Management

Marketing & Economics

Orchard Equipment

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The OrganicA Project

Funding Sources:
-USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
-University of Vermont
-University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service
-University of Maine Cooperative Extension
-NIFA Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
-Vermont Tree Fruit Growers' Association

IMPORTANT: It is the grower's responsibility to ensure that any crop production practice or material used in the orchard is acceptable in their particular state’s organic certification program. Some materials deemed organically acceptable on the National List may not be acceptable in some states. Contact your federally accredited certifying agency to know what is acceptable and to ensure compliance with regulations in your state.

NOTE: Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied. Always read the label before using any pesticide.
The label is the legal document for the product use. Disregard any information in this guide if it is in conflict with the label.

Last updated: 2012

Growing organic apples in New England can be challenging and requires extensive knowledge of horticulture, disease and arthropod management, soil health, economic planning and strategic marketing.

Our goal is to share the authors' experiences and knowledge about organic apple production in New England through this Guide. It is not our intent to reinvent the wheel, but to give commercial growers a multimedia resource about the challenges and opportunities of growing apples organically. We aim also to connect growers to the endless information available through other universities, researchers, and growers.

This Guide is a "work in progress" ... your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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