Join me for a Fruit Tree Care Journey

Hi, I'm Susan Poizner. 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. After years of research and experience, I learned the secrets to fruit tree care and I share them in my online courses. Today, 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 and I'm an ISA Certified Arborist. I would love to teach you how to grow organic fruit trees successfully...without making the mistakes that many new growers make. Check out my courses below!

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?

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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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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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4 star rating

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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5 star rating

I savored every module!

Michael Giamo

Sue, I loved your IPM course. I savored every module. During the course I would take pages & pages of notes, the next day off I would go into my orchard and scout problems and, boy, do I have them. My orchard is on the northeast side of a stee...

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Sue, I loved your IPM course. I savored every module. During the course I would take pages & pages of notes, the next day off I would go into my orchard and scout problems and, boy, do I have them. My orchard is on the northeast side of a steep hill. I have three tiers about 150' long x 15' (+ -) wide. The first tier has 4 rows of grapes, second has about 30 different apple trees and the third has peaches, plums, and pears. The orchard is about 10 years old. Things were pretty good up until a few years ago. Some of the apple trees were too tall and a few fell over. Most of the fruit trees have disease & pest problems. That is when I turned to the internet. I thought the "bigger the better." So first I trimed all the trees 50% - I know that is a lot of pruning but they really needed it. Then I found Orchard People. It took me a while to start the class but when I did I loved it and hated it. Now I know my orchard has every pest, direct and indirect, fungal and bacterial. But now I have a game plan starting this winter with copper and dormant oil & in early spring from silver tip to fruit set. I made traps for peach tree borers, bought sticky traps , apple maggot balls, glue, and have my scouting kit ready for pest war. Thank you MIchael Giamo Cedar Grove, NJ

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5 star rating

Learn to identify and tackle your fruit tree pest

Patrick Kilkenny

This course has provided me with a confident knowledge to look at the pests that have and will come each season and make an intelligent decision on whether to use an organic or chemical solution to combat it and best of all I have several new onli...

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This course has provided me with a confident knowledge to look at the pests that have and will come each season and make an intelligent decision on whether to use an organic or chemical solution to combat it and best of all I have several new online resources thanks to Susan to get help in photos and text to identify those darn pests. If you want to win the battle I highly suggest you take this IPM course.

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4 star rating

IPM confidence

Rena Worden

I really enjoyed learning how to use all of the different resources for my area to research pests and diseases. Even though a bunch of the resources are online, I'm not sure that I would have found them without a bit of guidance and direction. T...

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I really enjoyed learning how to use all of the different resources for my area to research pests and diseases. Even though a bunch of the resources are online, I'm not sure that I would have found them without a bit of guidance and direction. This course had so much information and I am looking forward to returning to it through the summer as issues with my fruit trees start to pop up.

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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

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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5 star rating

Great course!

Gerri Gassert

As always, Susan has given me what I need to know in a concise format. Along with her expertise, she includes practical exercises that get you out to your trees to see what's going on. She offers outside reference links to keep you learning as w...

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As always, Susan has given me what I need to know in a concise format. Along with her expertise, she includes practical exercises that get you out to your trees to see what's going on. She offers outside reference links to keep you learning as well. I'll be signing up for any new courses she offers!

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learning how to learn

Jeremy Gray

The IPM course is working for me. At about half way through my biggest take away thus far is how to do research. The volume of information out there is huge and I appreciate your course focuses on presenting the student with the tools to figure ou...

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The IPM course is working for me. At about half way through my biggest take away thus far is how to do research. The volume of information out there is huge and I appreciate your course focuses on presenting the student with the tools to figure out problems as they arise. For example.. referencing an insect pest to a time of year and type of damage rather than memorizing every possible bug that may cause a problem. I'm quickly catching on to the similarities in the habits of flies, moths and wasps. Much of this course is useful for IPM beyond just fruit trees.

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5 star rating

Excellent Guide in Fruit Tree Care

Sharon Appiah

This course was comprehensive, easy to follow, thorough and overall a great overview of fruit tree care. Following along with a course online, especially with everything going virtual in the last year, can be challenging; but each section was brok...

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This course was comprehensive, easy to follow, thorough and overall a great overview of fruit tree care. Following along with a course online, especially with everything going virtual in the last year, can be challenging; but each section was broken down and engaging in a way where keeping up and paying attention was a breeze. Thank you for providing this excellent resource!

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Journey to Orchard Tree Care

Patrick Kilkenny

I felt that Susan took me on a very well planned out journey that has taught me so much and brought me the confidence to evaluate my fruit trees in all seasons and as she says “ just be bold and go for it” when it comes to pruning. Of course that ...

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I felt that Susan took me on a very well planned out journey that has taught me so much and brought me the confidence to evaluate my fruit trees in all seasons and as she says “ just be bold and go for it” when it comes to pruning. Of course that advice is much easier now that I have completed all 3 of the interesting courses. I started with the IPM course and then the Pruning Masterclass and will admit at times I wondered if I could tie it all together. Well the Walk Off Grand Slam comes by completing this Certificate in Fruit Tree Care. That’s where Susan ties it all together with mini quizzes each step of the way that makes it a breeze to ace the final!

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5 star rating

250$ for a million dollars worth of information!!!

Brad cannon

one of the most interesting courses I've taken this is completely legit! at least 10 times during the course I remember thinking to myself ,"so that's why that happened to my trees". if you want to grow a tree then go down to the department store,...

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one of the most interesting courses I've taken this is completely legit! at least 10 times during the course I remember thinking to myself ,"so that's why that happened to my trees". if you want to grow a tree then go down to the department store, buy a tree, and stick it in the ground. if you want to produce fruit and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor then first take this course and then select and plant your tree... I assure you if you go to the local department store and pick up, let's say an apple tree and stick it in the ground you are going to be very disappointed but if you will take the time (which it's actually fun) you will have a beautiful tree/trees that will make fruit for years to come... I don't know how she learned all this information in 10 years but she did... it is actually a deal at $250 for all the work that she has put into this course... this is not something that was put together quickly on PowerPoint to put some money in her pocket she has put her heart and soul into this course and it shows.. plus she offers a money back guarantee how can you go wrong? I plant fruit trees and other types of trees for a living and had no idea of my ignorance on the subject.. bottom line I give her five apples up!!! I work very hard for my money and do not give out compliments lightly... also if you have any concern her information pertains to you if you're in key West or Alberta Canada... now if you live in the Yukon there's nothing anyone can do to help you so just eat moose and enjoy your lovely surroundings... I have seen other online classes like masterclass and other websites but I assure you, you will not get the personal attention from them! Thanks Susan, Brad C.

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5 star rating

New orchard here we come!

Cindy Rice

After this course I am more confident in pruning and fruit tree management. I am hoping to start a new orchard applying my new knowledge. Pest management is still foggy to me but I have a good foundation. This course was even fun and approachable...

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After this course I am more confident in pruning and fruit tree management. I am hoping to start a new orchard applying my new knowledge. Pest management is still foggy to me but I have a good foundation. This course was even fun and approachable for my children (they learned a lot too).

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