Orchard

Our one-acre orchard is still being developed and filled in. Fruit and nut trees are interplanted with perennial vegetable and berry crops, and soon we will be adding rotationally-grazed poultry in the alleys. Using mostly semi-standard and standard rootstocks means these one-day large trees will have greater longevity and drought tolerance through their deeper root systems. This diverse collection of uncommon varieties provide propagation material for the nursery. Rather than having a large harvest all at once, the orchard is designed to produce a diversity of smaller crops over a long harvest window so as to one day feed our family and support a small fruit and nut CSA box program.

What’s Growing

As of spring 2019, here’s some of what is in the orchard. Many of these varieties will be available for sale through our nursery in the coming years (see our Nursery page for current availability):

  • Korean Stone Pine
  • Buartnut
  • Butternut
  • Chinese chestnut
  • Northern Pecan
  • Heartnut: seedling, Calendar
  • English Walnut: Manregion, Cascade
  • Black Walnut
  • Yellowhorn
  • Almond, Russian Dwarf, Softshell, Papershell, Afgan
  • Hazelnut: Andrew, Carmela (both EFB resistant), Beaked, seedlings
  • Apples: Ida Red, Newtown Pippin, Ambrosia, Gale Gala, Esopus Spitzenberg, Hidden Rose, Liberty, Granniwinkle, Early Fuji, Red Gravenstein, Winter Banana, and others…
  • Pears: Bartlett, Clapp’s Favourite, Orca, Sierra, Seckel, Winter Nellis, others
  • Asian Pear: Meigetsu, Kosui, seedling
  • Shipova
  • Peaches: Red Haven, Coral Star, donut
  • Apricots: Tomcot, Goldrich, Sweetheart
  • Plums: Italian, Early Italian, Shiro, Satsuma, Transparent Gage
  • Mulberries: Black, Illinois Everbearing, White
  • Cherries: Angela, Rainier, Juliet, several sour prairie dwarf var.
  • Jujube (Chinese Date): Li, Lang
  • American Persimmon: Meader, Mohler
  • PawPaw: Pa Golden, Maria’s Joy, seedlings
  • Autumn Olive: Amber, misc.
  • Quince: Giant of Zagreb
  • Medlar, Nottingham, Royal
  • Elderberry, Wyldewood, Bob Gordon, Ranch, Sampo, Korsor
  • Plumcot: Spring Satin
  • Hardy Kiwi: Issai, Ken’s Red, Meader, Anna, Cornell male, Red Princess
  • Grapes: Canadice, Himrod, Golden seedless
  • Fig: Olympian, Desert King, Chicago Hardy, Improved Celeste, Ronde de Bordeaux
  • Saskatoon: Northline, prairie seedling, and local native
  • Raspberries: Eden, Boyne, Lloyd George, Fall Bliss, Fall Gold,
  • Thornless Blackberries: Chester, Hull, unnamed var.
  • Tayberry
  • Marionberry
  • Boysenberry, thornless and thorny
  • Goumi: Red Gem, seedlings
  • Black Cap Raspberry, wild
  • Strawberry
  • Currants: Cherry Red, Consort, Clove, unnamed red and black var.
  • Thimbleberry
  • Jostaberry
  • Blueberry: Reka, Northland Blue, Northcountry, Duke, Stanley, Pink Lemonade
  • Huckleberry
  • Haskap, 5 cultivars
  • Goji, Phoenix Tears, Firecracker,
  • Sea Buckthorn (aka seaberry): Russian Orange
  • Basketry willow
  • Citron edible Daylily
  • Other trees: Sugar Maple, Linden, Thornless Honey Locust, willows, and more…
  • Stropharia rugosa (aka King Stropharia / Wine Cap mushrooms)
  • PLUS dozens of varieties of nutrient accumulators, flowers for beneficial insects, culinary and medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, and nitrogen-fixing ground covers
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