Written by the long-time manager of the highly regarded Alan Chadwick Garden at the University of California, Santa Cruz, this substantial primer covers everything a home gardener needs to know about organically growing fruit trees including apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, cherry, citrus, and more.
ORIN MARTIN is manager of the three-acre Alan Chadwick Garden (home of 600 fruit trees) at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Farming Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and manager of the orchard at UCSC's Farm & Garden. Since 1977, he has taught classes, lectures, and workshops to thousands of gardeners and budding farmers. His daughter, MANJULA MARTIN, is a writer, managing editor of Zoetrope magazine, and editor of the book Scratch- Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.
"An excellent guide for those of us who are 'addicted' to the joys,
pleasures, and sweat of growing tree fruit--a sweet blend of the
skills and art required to grow the perfect peach (or apple,
citrus, fig ...)"
--David Mas Masumoto, organic fruit farmer and author of Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, and Changing Season
"Like the best teacher you've ever had, Orin Martin knows how to
light the fire. Yes, this beautifully written and illustrated
little book provides clear instructions for planting an orchard. It
lovingly introduces you to more than a hundred varieties of fruit.
But it is so much more. It's about the power of observation,
talking to our neighbors, and investing in our food, families, and
--NPR's The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) "The opportunity to learn from one of the great organic farmers is an opportunity not to be missed! The UCSC Farm & Garden has always been a place of joy, awe, and wonder for me; this book captures the thought process and techniques that help us understand the unseen beneath our feet."
--Nell Newman, founder of Newman's Own Organics "Here you have all the practical tools to create your own orchard of any size--information on rootstocks, pruning, thinning, and a thrilling array of varieties--but moreover, you have Orin's wise and gently wry voice to guide you through it."
--Alice Waters, chef, author, food activist, and founder of Chez Panisse restaurant "In this book, Orin Martin gives us his true mastery of trees. Here is a man who lived his life working in paradise, took care of the land, and planted an orchard. His gifts: the Chadwick Garden, and this book to be shared by all."
--Karen Washington, co-owner of Rise & Root Farm and cofounder of Black Urban Growers