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Heritage Fruit Tree Orchard

Apple

  • Arkansas Black 

  • Sansa

  • Amere de Berthcourt 

  • Rubinette 

  • Ellison's 

  • Pristine 

  • Mustu 

  • Ashmeads Kernal 

  • Wolf River 

  • Honeycrisp 

  • Fireside

  • Freedom

  • Goldstar

  • Akane

  • Orleans antique

  • Enterprise

  • Empire

  • Cox Orange Pippen

  • Cinnamon Spice

  • Dutches

  • Grims Golden

  • Kendor Crisp

  • Granny Smith

  • Bordsey

 

Apricot

  • Chinese

  • Wenatchee

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Pear

  • Tsu Li Asian Pear

  • Stuttgarter Geishirtle Pear

  • Atlantic Queen Pear

  • Hendre Huffcap Pear

  • Barlette Pear

  • Brandy Pear

  • Shinseiki Asian Pear

  • Sierra Pear

  • Blakes Pride Pear

  • Savignac Pear

  • Nova Pear

  • Flemish beauty

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Plum

  • Northern Blue

  • Underwood

  • Damson

  • Shiro

  • Howards Miracle

  • Imperial

  • Golden transparent

  • Quillins

  • Moldavian

  • Reine de Mirabella

 

Cherry

  • Kristin Sweet Cherry

  • Danude Tart Cherry

  • Montmorency

  • Surefire

  • Rainier

Peach

  • Contender

  • Charolette

  • Namaimo

 

Traditional orchards look very similar, where blocks of fruit trees are grown as a monoculture with grass or very little vegetation growing throughout. One of the first things people notice when they come to visit us is the diversity of plants we have growing among our heritage fruit trees. The second is our use of berms cut on contours in which our polyculture is planted. There's more to it than just sheer beauty. The contoured berms act like sponges, providing not only deep rich layers of soil and humus for the plants and trees but also lasting moisture available for all of the plants.

 

Stationed between each tree are a variety of medicinal herbs, beneficial pollinator insect-attracting plants, dynamic accumulators (plants that bring rich minerals up from several feet down in the earth), and beautiful cut flowers. Following the principles of permaculture design, the function of each of these plants is "stacked" meaning they have multiple uses in their ecosystem service. Take comfrey for example. Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis) has a diversity of uses,