Grow Healthier Fruit Trees. Enjoy Better Quality Fruit.

We offer 5-star rated organic fruit tree care education with our interactive, instant access courses. 

Our students include home growers, arborists and small scale orchardists from across North America and around the world.  

START HERE: Become a confident grower in just 8 hours

For beginner and intermediate level growers

  • $249

Certificate in Fruit Tree Care

  • Course

Learn how to select a fruit tree for your unique conditions. Learn planting and young tree care, winter and summer pruning, pest and disease prevention, soil and fertility management and more. This course can be completed in 8-hours. For new and intermediate level growers. Price is in USD.

DIG DEEPER: Take your fruit tree growing skills to the next level

Courses for all levels of experience. No prerequisite required.

Interested in signing up for multiple courses? Scroll down to learn more about our money-saving bundles.

  • $79

Researching Fruit Trees for Organic Growing Success

  • Course

Are you interested in growing fruit trees? Have you struggled to cultivate a healthy and productive tree? One obstacle to organic fruit tree success is choosing the wrong tree! Learn to identify easier-to-grow fruit trees that will thrive in your unique conditions. Explore rootstock choices, disease resistance, pollination requirements and more. Ideal for beginner and seasoned growers. Prices in USD.

  • $149

Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass

  • Course

Home growers, gardeners and orchardists will learn fruit tree pruning skills to improve fruit tree health and harvest. This 4-hour course covers central leader pruning, espalier pruning and pruning high-density orchard plantings. Price is in USD.

  • $249

Managing Fruit Tree Pests & Disease (IPM)

  • Course

Have you ever felt like pests and diseases are hijacking your fruit trees, ruining your harvest and leaving you heartbroken? Fight back with this powerful online course! Learn how you to use Integrated Pest Management tools to protect your crops organically – and you won’t need to resort to chemical warfare. This course, made for both new and intermediate growers, is your ticket to a bountiful harvest. Prices in USD.

  • $199

Unlocking Soil Potential

  • Course

The secret to growing healthy plants and trees is a soil that is rich in nutrients and filled with life. And the secret to achieving healthy soil does not involve fancy fertilizers and expensive amendments. Learn how to unlock your soil's potential with fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner of OrchardPeople.com. Course can be completed in 5 hours. Price in USD.

Make your garden more fruitful with grafting!

Learn how to turn an established tree into a multi-fruit tree and learn how to create new fruit trees from scratch with our instant-access, on-demand online grafting courses!

You can opt to enroll in 'Essential Spring Grafting' for focused spring techniques, or 'Complete Fruit Tree Grafting & Budding' for an all-encompassing experience.

Choose the course that works for your budget and needs below.

Essential Fruit Tree Grafting


A focused course that covers key spring grafting techniques, perfect for those looking to master the fundamentals of fruit tree propagation.


2 hours of videos plus quizzes, 1:1 feedback and certificate of completion.

√ Scion Collection

√ Cleft Grafting

√ Bark Grafting

√ Whip and Tongue grafting

√ Spring Grafting Aftercare

x Chip Budding

x T-Budding

x Summer Budding Aftercare

√ Bonus 1: PDF eBook - 116 pages

x Bonus 2: Apple Rootstock Options

x Bonus 3: Fruit Salad Trees

x Bonus 4: "In Depth with Steph" Videos

Tuition: $149 USD

Complete Fruit Tree Grafting & Budding


This in-depth course covers everything from spring grafting techniques to summer budding skills, offering a comprehensive journey through fruit tree propagation.


4 hours of videos plus quizzes, 1:1 feedback and certificate of completion.

√ Scion Collection

√ Cleft Grafting

√ Bark Grafting

√ Whip and Tongue grafting

√ Spring Grafting Aftercare

√ Chip Budding

√ T-Budding

√ Summer Budding Aftercare

√ Bonus 1: PDF eBook - 172 pages

√ Bonus 2: Apple Rootstock Options

√ Bonus 3: Fruit Salad Trees

√ Bonus 4: "In Depth with Steph" Videos

Tuition: $225 USD

SAVE UP TO $200: By registering for a multi-course bundle.

With lifetime access you can take these courses at your own pace.

  • $646

Platinum Bundle: Four Flagship Fruit Tree Care Courses

  • Bundle
  • 4 Products

Save $200 in tuition and take all 4 flagship courses: Certificate in Fruit Tree Care, Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass, Managing Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases, Unlocking Soil Potential. Price in USD.

  • $495

Gold Bundle: Certificate in Fruit Tree Care, Pruning Masterclass & Integrated Pest Management for Fruit Trees

  • Bundle
  • 3 Products

Save $150 in tuition and learn how to grow fruit trees successfully. Includes 3 courses: Certificate in Fruit Tree Care, Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass, Managing Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases (IPM). Price is in USD.

  • $398

Silver Bundle: Certificate in Fruit Tree Care & Integrated Pest Management for Fruit Trees

  • Bundle
  • 2 Products

Save $100 in tuition for Certificate in Fruit Tree Care and Managing Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases (IPM). Includes pruning, fertility management, organic pest and disease identification. Price is in USD.

  • $325

Bronze Bundle: Certificate in Fruit Tree Care & Pruning Masterclass

  • Bundle
  • 2 Products

Save $73 on tuition. Learn to care for your fruit trees properly. Sign up for our 8-hour Certificate in Fruit Tree Care and receive our 4-hour Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass for half price. For beginner and intermediate growers. Price is in USD.

Testimonials

Here are just a few of the hundreds of students who give our courses five star reviews. 

Wenda Li, Arborist, Ontario, Canada

Elite Tree Care

I have been an arborist for more than 25 years and it was humbling and exciting to learn new information that I can apply and share with colleagues and clients.

Sean O'Meara, Arizona

I enjoyed this course very much. I would recommend this course for people who are interested in establishing a home orchard as you present the information in a very accessible format. 

Steph Roth, Silver Creek Nursery, Wellesley, Ontario

SilverCreekNursery.ca

When I train my staff, I love using Susan's courses, as they are great at covering the basics and providing relevant, useful information for home/small scale growers. 

"I was almost ready to give up until I found Susan's courses."

Roger in Ontario is a graduate of Certificate in Fruit Tree Care and Managing Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases (IPM) and says after early fruit tree fiascos Orchard People's courses have helped him grow fruit trees with ease. 

"A Faster Way to Get Up to Speed and Build Confidence."

Jennifer is creating a fruity oasis in Ottawa, Ontario with the help of Orchard People's courses Certificate in Fruit Tree Care and Managing Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases. She says these courses have helped her build the skills she needs to grow fruit trees successfully.

Get to Know Your Instructor

You can reach out to your instructor at any time by posting your question in the discussions linked to each lesson.

Susan Poizner is an urban orchardist and an ISA Certified Arborist. She is the author of the award-winning book Growing Urban Orchards and of Grow Fruit Trees Fast.

Susan is also a former instructor of Fruit Production at
Niagara College in Canada. She is the host of the award-winning Urban Forestry Radio Show and director of the fruit tree care training website at OrchardPeople.com.

Orchard People Courses: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions that are not answered below? Feel free to reach out using the chat button on this page and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Are these courses appropriate for beginners?

Yes, all the courses are appropriate for both beginner and intermediate level growers. 

What types of trees will I learn how to grow?

Our premium online courses will teach you how to grow deciduous fruit trees including apples, pears, Asian pears, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines and other fruits.

Are these courses appropriate for my climate?


Our courses are designed for growers around the world. If you can grow apples, pears and cherries where you live, these courses will be good for you! 

How long will I have access to my course for?

You will have lifetime access to your course. You will also have unlimited course upgrades in the years to come. 

What if I don’t enjoy the course?

We offer a 100% refund within 30-days of purchase, no questions asked. 

Will I be able to ask my teacher questions?

Yes! You will have the ability to post your questions in the course discussions. Most courses also come with 30-minutes of free 1:1 consulting with Susan.

I like studying with my peers. Do you teach live classes as well?

If you enjoy interacting with other students and your teacher, you can upgrade and join Orchard People's Premium Meetup Community! As a member, you'll get exclusive access to LIVE monthly meetings. You'll be able to ask questions in real time, dive deeper into course material, and discover seasonal fruit tree care tips from both your teacher and fellow students. It's a vibrant community where learning grows and connections flourish. We will offer this upgrade when you sign up for any of our courses.

How can I get started?

Go to Learn.OrchardPeople.com and select your course or bundle. Go through the lessons in order. And then you’ll be ready to enjoy healthy and productive fruit trees! 

Do you offer continuing education credits to ISA Certified Arborists?

Yes! In the FAQ for each individual course, you will see how many CEUs you can earn from each course. 

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes! If your organization registers five or more students you will receive 20% off. With ten or more students you it goes up to 25% off. 

I have another question. How can I reach out to Susan?

Feel free to click on the red chat icon at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as soon as we can! 

Register RISK FREE for Lifetime Course Access

We stand behind the quality of our fruit tree care courses, and we're committed to your success. That's why we're proud to offer our risk-free, satisfaction guarantee. 

If, within 30 days of enrolling in the course, you feel that it doesn't meet your expectations, simply contact us and we'll provide a full refund – no questions asked. 

We want you to feel confident in your decision to learn fruit tree care with us, and our guarantee ensures that you can invest in your fruit tree care education with complete peace of mind. 

Sign up today and discover the difference our expert guidance and support can make in your fruit tree care journey. We're confident you'll be thrilled with the results! 

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