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    Hot off BuzzPreviewthe press! You can now download The Buzz: A Gude to Pollinator-Friendly Plants right here! The Buzz is our original month-by-month guide to help save the bees and create more holistic edible ecosystems, written by Ben Howard and illustrated by Karyn Lao. 

    Please donate to support our work by clicking here, and entering “Baltimore Orchard Project” under the Project Designation section.

    Download The Buzz here!
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    BountyPreviewOne of the greatest resources for any urban orchardist is Bounty: An Orchardist’s Illustrated Guide to a Fruitful Harvest. 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.

    Download Bounty here!

    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

    Nuts

    I’m Nuts about Nuts: National Gardening Association

    Observing Your Orchard

    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