Join me for a Fruit Tree Care Journey

Hi, I'm Susan Poizner. I'm a journalist, film-maker, organic gardener and an urban orchardist. When I first started growing fruit trees over a decade ago, I thought I knew what I was doing! But I encountered so many problems - including poor production and fruit tree pests and diseases. I struggled to find an easy way to keep my fruit trees healthy. After years of research, I learned the secrets to fruit tree care and I share them in my online courses. When I'm not outside enjoying my fruit trees, I teach fruit production at Niagara College in Ontario, I manage my blog at OrchardPeople.com and I produce and host a monthly radio show and podcast on fruit tree care. Come and join me on a fruit tree care journey and I'll teach you how to grow organic fruit trees successfully...without making the mistakes that many new growers make.

What will you learn in these online courses?

  • You will learn how to grow fruit trees organically and with confidence.

  • You will learn how to create a growing space where fruit trees can thrive.

  • You will learn how to keep your fruit trees healthy and productive with specialist pruning, fertility management and pest and disease prevention.

Take These Courses Anytime, Anywhere

We are all busy people, so these courses are designed to be engaging and accessible wherever you are. My students include arborists, master gardeners, new orchardists, landscape designers and home growers. The courses are ideal for beginner and intermediate level growers alike. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Short Video Lessons

    Each course is divided into short 10-15 minute video lessons that you can watch anytime, even during your coffee break.

  • Watch Anywhere

    Go through the course at your own pace and take the lessons anywhere – on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

  • eBooks and Guides

    Take the beautifully designed eBooks and guides with you into the garden or orchard for reminders about regular tasks.

  • Lifetime Access

    You can complete your courses right away or tackle them later on. You have lifetime access so you can refer back to them as needed over the years.

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion

    Graduates receive a certificate of completion. Arborists and master gardeners can also receive continuing education credits (CEUs).

  • Completely Risk Free

    If you don’t like what you see we’ll offer you a full refund within 30 days of purchasing any course or bundle with no questions asked.

What do Our Students Say?

Read some of our course reviews below.

Incredible course with SO much valuable information.

Allyson Waak

Perfect, easy to understand with nice printable tools.

Perfect, easy to understand with nice printable tools.

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Fantastic course - highly recommend to anyone growing apple trees

Susan Ruddick

I have an apple tree I planted about ten years ago in my garden -- a semi-dwarf espalier. I am an academic and so I thought "what the heck I can just go online and download a bunch of stuff to learn how to care for it!" Which I did. But over year...

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I have an apple tree I planted about ten years ago in my garden -- a semi-dwarf espalier. I am an academic and so I thought "what the heck I can just go online and download a bunch of stuff to learn how to care for it!" Which I did. But over years I found it almost impossible to sort through different strategies, account for regional differences in when and how to prune and feed, or discussions about timing and keep in my head the big picture about how to best care for my tree. My tree was healthy enough as trees go (lots of great foliage) but in terms of my original plans it was a hot mess, responded to my sporadic interventions in ways I did not fully understand and I have never had anything approaching a decent yield. My interventions were often based on something I had just pulled off the internet with little understanding of the big picture or a multi-year strategy to help my tree reach its full potential. Susan's course is a really worthwhile investment - it lays out the whole process from start to finish - how to pick a site, the need for soil testing (big surprise there when I got my soil test back and discovered some significant deficiencies) the timing and different strategies for pruning, for protection against diseases -- this is the whole package and then some. The videos are short and informative - they anticipate questions as they arise, the diagrams are very clear and on top of that Susan is a wonderful teacher -- ready to answer particular questions you have as they arise, coach you through anxieties (eg about pruning, over pruning). And this is a resource I can turn to again and again over the years as I help my tree reach its potential. I can't recommend this course highly enough - my only wish is I had started it ten years ago!

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Interesting Perspective for Prospective Arborists

Robert Scott

Coming from an industrial forestry background and then into the urban forestry side, I believed there was only really one way to prune a tree - for height and structure, usually the taller and straighter the better. I thoroughly enjoyed both the w...

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Coming from an industrial forestry background and then into the urban forestry side, I believed there was only really one way to prune a tree - for height and structure, usually the taller and straighter the better. I thoroughly enjoyed both the winter and summer pruning modules because they explained that pruning fruit trees is not done for aesthetics or timber - it's done so to maximise fruit quality and yield, and facilitate harvesting. The organic approach was also ideal, as developing orchards and home fruit tree care ought to be done using integrated pest management, of which a lite version has been introduced here with the use of birds, physical barriers, and good tree care. Overall I am excited by the knowledge this course has given me and I hope to revitalise an urban orchard, as well as potentially try my luck with some (very) hardy apples on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Thank you!

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Fantastic course and the captions made it accessible for me.

Ellen Murray

Susan, your course is really great! It's informative, well-structured and fun. I loved the way the Mini Quizzes helped me review the main points all along the way, as did the final quiz at the end. I'm really glad I'll have access to review it ove...

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Susan, your course is really great! It's informative, well-structured and fun. I loved the way the Mini Quizzes helped me review the main points all along the way, as did the final quiz at the end. I'm really glad I'll have access to review it over the years since there's so much information to absorb. But I also appreciated your final word, to just go out there and do it! Having a hearing impairment, the captions were great and made it possible for me to follow along. They were perfectly timed and flawless--which is rare and was very much appreciated!

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Excellent course!

Carla Giddings

I would highly recommend the Certificate in Fruit Tree Care for anyone wanting to learn about how to select and properly care for fruit trees inn urban environment. The videos are informative and interesting with excellent handouts and resources. ...

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I would highly recommend the Certificate in Fruit Tree Care for anyone wanting to learn about how to select and properly care for fruit trees inn urban environment. The videos are informative and interesting with excellent handouts and resources. Thank you for designing and offering this fantastic course!

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Well worth the time to take this course

Rosamund Northey

There are definitely a lot of differences between caring for ornamental trees and caring for fruit trees. Because of what I learned in this course, my fruit trees - both established and new - are thriving this year. Taking this course was defini...

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There are definitely a lot of differences between caring for ornamental trees and caring for fruit trees. Because of what I learned in this course, my fruit trees - both established and new - are thriving this year. Taking this course was definitely time well-spent. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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Thorough and Practical

Tim Deibel

Not an "observational" course in which participants simply receive content, this class involves detailed research and development of personal resources to amplify and integrate the learning materials. The result is a useful "toolbox" - literally,...

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Not an "observational" course in which participants simply receive content, this class involves detailed research and development of personal resources to amplify and integrate the learning materials. The result is a useful "toolbox" - literally, intellectually, and experientially. Accessible, helpful, and motivating. Wonderful.

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Interesting and educational!

Theresa Gart

I’ve learned so much, this course has given me so much enthusiasm to grow more fruit in my suburban yard. Thank you for being so detailed in your explanations!

I’ve learned so much, this course has given me so much enthusiasm to grow more fruit in my suburban yard. Thank you for being so detailed in your explanations!

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Essential Course

Lisa Ferrel

This is a must take class. Pruning fruit trees is very different than pruning landscape trees. This class gives you the knowledge to prune for healthy, productive fruit trees.

This is a must take class. Pruning fruit trees is very different than pruning landscape trees. This class gives you the knowledge to prune for healthy, productive fruit trees.

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A lot of material is covered in this course and it brings you well on your way to care for fruit trees.

Anne Pederson

Fun and engaging material with lots of real life examples. The pace and format of the modules makes it easy to get through. Offering lots of supporting material and notes for download in pdf format makes it easy to revisit after completion.

Fun and engaging material with lots of real life examples. The pace and format of the modules makes it easy to get through. Offering lots of supporting material and notes for download in pdf format makes it easy to revisit after completion.

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Make a Commitment to Your Fruit Trees

Fruit trees thrive with educated, hands-on care. Neglected fruit trees, on the other hand, can be a messy liability. Save time, money and avoid disappointment by signing up for one of our fruit tree care courses today.

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