Hot off the press! You can now download Bounty: An Orchardist’s Illustrated Guide to a Fruitful Harvest right here! Bounty is our original month-by-month guide to fruit tree care, written and illustrated by Ben Howard and Maria Smilde.

The sheer volume of information available on the responsibilities and maintenance involved in orchard care is overwhelming and even conflicting at times. Bounty is a collection of our best advice and the essential practices for healthy trees and a bountiful harvest.

Not only have we sifted through the material, but we have organized it and presented it in a manner that is engaging and helpful. The guide has been created for Baltimore’s climate, and with that in mind, readers elsewhere should adjust accordingly. Our goal with Bounty is to encourage, inspire, and involve people like you in a movement towards creating an edible Baltimore.

At the Baltimore Orchard Project, we work to provide as much support as we can to our city’s current and prospective orchardists. Please donate to support our work by clicking here, and entering “Baltimore Orchard Project” under the Project Designation section.

Check out more compiled resources, both general and local, below. Expand each to read more.

What to Plant in Central Maryland

Guidance From a Local Orchard Owner – Scott Fraser Smith:
DC NonProfit Casey Trees Presents: Organic Fruit Tree Management Plan
University of Maryland Extension: Comparison of Fruit Plants for MD Gardens
University of Maryland Extension: Fruit Growing Supplies and Organic Pest Management
Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association: Resources

Food Forests and Companion Planting

Clifton Park Food Forest
The Buzz on BioDiversity: Ecological Landscaping Association
Gaia’s Garden: a guide to home-scale permaculture by Toby Hemenway
Five permaculture videos
Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden
Edible Forest Gardens
Edible Trails Project
Perennial Solutions
Soil Testing
Lead in Soils – What You Need to Know: Baltimore City Department of Health
Lead in Garden Soils: University of Maryland Extension
Selecting and Using a Soil Testing Laboratory: University of Maryland Extension
Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory: UMass Amherst (about $15 for lead, arsenic and cadmium soil testing – confirm prices)
Soil Safety Resource Guide for Urban Food Growers: Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Urban Community Gardeners’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Soil Contaminant Risks, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Fruit Growing Supplies and Organic Pest Management

Baltimore City Resources

Neighborhood Land Locator: Power in Dirt
City Greening Resource List courtesy of: Friends of West Baltimore Squares
MD Department of Natural Resources Liasion: Baltimore City Forestry Board

Growing Fruit - University of Maryland Extension and Master Gardeners Knowledge Base

Home and Garden Information Center
UME Native Fruits Workshop 2012: Powerpoint Overview
UME Native Fruits Workshop 2012: Comparison of Fruit Plants for MD Gardens
University of Maryland Extention: Fruit Growing Supplies and Organic Pest Management

Other University Sites
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
Ohio State University: Fruit Pathology
University of Connecticut: Integrated Pest Management – Tree Fruit
Mid Atlantic Fruit Loop: Information Portal
University of Idaho: Fruit Tree Primer

Help with Specific Fruits
Figs: University of Georgia (Follow North GA)
Pear, European: Virgina Tech
Raspberries: Ohio State University


I’m Nuts about Nuts: National Gardening Association

How-To Sites

EarthEasy: Fruit Tips from Homesteading Expert Greg Seaman
A World of Hope – John Jeavons: Expert on Mini-Farming
City Fruit: Seattle, Washington Non-Profit Orchard Program
The Urban Farmers: San Francisco, California Non-Profit Fruit Growing Experts
Mast Tree Network: Non-Profit for Restoring North America’s Native Orchards and Forests
Grow Organic Apples: Holistic Orchard Network
Starting a Community Orchard Guide (North Dakota Dept of Agriculture)

How to Espalier a tree