Benefits

Your Certificate in Beginner Fruit Tree Care will give you the skills you need to grow organic fruit trees successfully. The Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass gives you advanced pruning skills to help you create decorate espalier plantings and high density fruiting walls.

  • Videos & Quizzes

    Both courses are interactive and made up of video lessons followed by quizzes so you can review the content and test your knowledge.

  • 12 Hours of Training

    Go through the two courses at your own pace or you can complete both workshops in as little as 12 hours.

  • Watch Anywhere

    The video lessons are designed to be short so you can watch them anytime -on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

  • eBooks and Guides

    Each course comes with beautifully designed eBooks, guides and worksheets that you can take with you to the garden or orchard.

  • Earn Your Certificate

    Graduates of Beginner Fruit Tree Care will receive a certificate. ISA certified arborists can claim up to 8 CEU credits after completing the course.

  • Try it Risk Free

    If you don’t like what you see we’ll offer you a full refund within 30 days of purchasing, no questions asked!

Instructor

Susan Poizner has trained thousands of new and intermediate level growers across North America through her workshops, her book, and through her radio show and podcast.

  • Susan Poizner

    Susan Poizner

    Director, OrchardPeople.com

    Susan Poizner in an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. She is the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training portal at www.orchardpeople.com and she teaches Fruit Production at Niagara College in Ontario. Susan is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast and an ISA Certified Arborist.

Course Reviews

Here is what our students are saying about OrchardPeople.com's fruit tree care training courses.

  • Highly recommend this course!

    Wenda Li

    This was an excellent course and certainly the most comprehensive educational resource tool for managing fruit trees that I have encountered. I have been an arborist for more than 25 years and it was humbling and exciting to learn new information...

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    This was an excellent course and certainly the most comprehensive educational resource tool for managing fruit trees that I have encountered. 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. I greatly appreciate the tremendous time and effort Susan has spent to create such a well-structured, easy to understand, and enjoyable online course that can meet the needs of everyone from the novice to the professional. -Wenda Li Elite Tree Care, Toronto

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  • Simply Taught with Valuable in-depth information

    Sarah van der Stam

    This course is simply taught but chock full of valuable information, resources, guidance and my favorite - Susan explains what didn't work in their orchard and within her own garden and most importantly WHY!! So many resources just tell you what d...

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    This course is simply taught but chock full of valuable information, resources, guidance and my favorite - Susan explains what didn't work in their orchard and within her own garden and most importantly WHY!! So many resources just tell you what doesn't work, but rarely do they explain why. Thank you Susan and Orchard People for making your mistakes and openly teaching us why and how to avoid and/or prevent us from making similar mistakes! -Sarah van der Stam, Kitchener Master Gardener-

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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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“I just completed your course and enjoyed it very much. Despite living in a different climatic region (mountains of Arizona) the information was applicable to the cultivation of fruit trees in our area. I would recommend this course to people who are interested in establishing a home orchard as you present the information in a very accessible format. I appreciate your focus on the benefits of polyculture and how these trees differ significantly in their care and needs from native or ornamental trees. I also appreciate the fact that this course is accepted for ISA arborist CEUs and to date I have found no other courses that focus specifically on fruit trees that are accepted by ISA.”

Sean O'Meara ISA Certified Arborist, ArizonaSean O'Meara ISA Certified Arborist, Arizona

“I’m an arborist with 12 years experience working with trees. I wasn’t sure how much knowledge I would gain from this course. I was happily surprised at how well the course was set up and how the tests resembled my arboriculture training at humber college. I’ve gained a ton of useful knowledge that I use in my day to day work and having the Orchard People badge on my website and email has increased my fruit tree based clients and professional credentials.”

Tyler Ganton, Arborist, We Care Tree Care, Toronto, CanadaTyler Ganton, Arborist, We Care Tree Care, Toronto, Canada

“I studied trees as a Forestry Technician student at Fleming College, so I have a fairly detailed knowledge of native tree characteristics, growth and health. But we didn’t learn very much about edible tree products. I was very interested to learn more about fruit trees and the specific care that they need to provide bountiful harvests. I live on a farm in rural Ontario and I dream of establishing an organic fruit and berry orchard. I want to learn as much as I can about techniques that will help my future orchard thrive.Taking this course on fruit tree care has given me a solid foundation of what it takes to care for fruiting trees. From testing and building up the soil, planting, and fertilizing to pruning and pest control, I feel like I now have the knowledge to go out and get started! I would recommend this course to anyone that is curious about fruit trees. Thanks again for the great course!”

Mandy Rice GreenUP Ecology Park Stewardship Coordinator and Forestry Technician, GreenUP, Peterborough, OntarioMandy Rice GreenUP Ecology Park Stewardship Coordinator and Forestry Technician, GreenUP, Peterborough, Ontario

“I help maintain everything from small orchards (5 – 20 fruit trees) to backyard fruit trees for many home owners. Over the years I acquired a lot of information regarding the care of fruit trees, but always look for new information from credible sources. Orchard People is one of those credible sources. The online workshop is a very thorough introduction to everything you need to know to get your fruit trees off to a good start and maintain them over the years. The course reinforced my own understanding and provided a lot of new information. I especially liked the sections on seasonal pruning and pest & disease management. The pdf ‘handouts’ offered throughout the course are, by themselves, worth the price of admission! Thank you, Susan, for an outstanding workshop. I learned much.”

Steve Hiestand ISA Certified Arborist, Pruning Pro, Vancouver, WASteve Hiestand ISA Certified Arborist, Pruning Pro, Vancouver, WA

““I coordinate a community garden located in Peterborough, On. Up to this point we have focused on growing vegetables but my longer term vision for the garden includes the addition of fruit bearing shrubs and trees. When Peterborough Greenup, our local community environmental stewardship organization, offered to sponsor several participates to complete a course on stewarding fruit trees, I was immediately interested. I have recently completed the course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learnt a great deal and I now feel much more confident that I am ready to start adding some fruit trees to our community garden.”

Quentin Day, Community Gardener, Peterborough, OntarioQuentin Day, Community Gardener, Peterborough, Ontario

“I am proud to have completed Orchard People’s Beginner Fruit Tree Care Workshop Series. This course included 40 lessons with 8 hours of video, and several e-books including Susan Poizner‘s award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”. Lesson’s included; choosing the best planting location, fruit tree varieties, disease resistance, fruit tree pollination, planting bare root trees, thinning fruit, seasonal pruning, pests and disease prevention and more. Susan’s course was well structured and extremely informative. I highly recommend this valuable course.”

Rose Tileston, Non Profit Professional, Co-Founder Hidden Harvest Pittsburgh, Hidden Harvest PittsburghRose Tileston, Non Profit Professional, Co-Founder Hidden Harvest Pittsburgh, Hidden Harvest Pittsburgh