- A message from the instructor
- Student walkthrough
- Before we begin...
- 101: Why Research Your Tree?
- Mini Quiz 101
- 102: Planting Locations
- Mini Quiz 102
- 103: Varieties
- Mini Quiz 103
- Fruit Tree Nursery Resource List
- 104: Climate Zones and Hardiness
- Mini Quiz 104
- 105: Disease Resistance
- Mini Quiz 105
- 106: Root Stock and Mature Tree Size
- Mini Quiz 106
- 107: Pollination
- Mini Quiz 107
- 108: Staggering the Harvest
- Mini Quiz 108
- 109: Fruit Uses, Heirloom Trees, and Native Trees
- Mini Quiz 109
- Growing Urban Orchards eBook (Choosing Your Tree)
- 201: Planting Bare Root and Potted Trees
- Mini Quiz 201
- 202: Caring for Young Trees
- Mini Quiz 202
- 203: Thinning the Fruit
- Mini Quiz 203
- Preparing Your Trees for Winter PDF
- Planting Your Bare Root Tree PDF
- Growing Urban Orchards eBook (Planting and Young Tree Care)
- 301: Why Prune Fruit Trees?
- Mini Quiz 301
- 302: Winter vs. Summer Pruning
- Mini Quiz 302
- When to Prune Fruit Trees eBook
- 303: Buds as a Blueprint For Pruning
- Mini Quiz 303
- 304: Branches and Ideal Tree Shape
- Mini Quiz 304
- 305: Winter Pruning in Five Easy Steps
- Mini Quiz 305
- 306: Pruning Cuts
- Mini Quiz 306
- 307: Summer Pruning and Pruning Out Disease
- Mini Quiz 307
- 308: What Does Good Air Circulation Look Like?
- 309: The 25% Rule
- Mini Quiz 309
- Growing Urban Orchards eBook (Pruning)
- Top 5 Fruit Tree Pruning Tools eBook
- 310: Growing and Pruning Lemon Trees (Even in Temperate Climates)
- 401: Why Protect Fruit Trees?
- 402: Orchard Polyculture Design
- Polyculture Design eBook
- Mini Quiz 402
- 403: Good Tree Care Habits
- Mini Quiz 403
- 404: Organic Sprays and Your Trees
- How-To: Alternative Dormant Sprays
- Mini Quiz 404
- 405: Identifying and Pruning Out Disease
- Mini Quiz 405
- 406: Using Sticky Traps
- How-To: A Sticky Trap Guide
- Pest and Disease Mini eBook
- Growing Urban Orchards eBook (Preventing Pests and Disease)
- Fruit Tree Recommendation Sheet
- 501: Assessing Your Soil
- Mini Quiz 501
- 502: Soil Toxin Testing
- Mini Quiz 502
- 503: Soil Fertility Testing
- Mini Quiz 503
- 504: Taking a Soil Sample
- Mini Quiz 504
- 505: Amending Your Soil
- Mini Quiz 505
- 506: Green Manure
- Mini Quiz 506
- 507: Mulching Your Tree
- Mini Quiz 507
- 508: Evaluating Nitrogen Needs
- Mini Quiz 508
- Interpreting Your Soil Test eBook
- Growing Urban Orchards eBook (Feeding Your Trees)
- Extra Resources: Soil Testing Guide
- Final Assessment
- Congrats! Here's what's next...
- More resources for you
- Before you go...
Onboarding Consultation Call 30-minutes.
$100 - $500 value
Discuss your goals and ask your questions to your instructor, Susan Poizner, in this 30-minute telephone or Skype call. Those registering for group tuition will also receive a 45-minute long group on-boarding and consulting webinar with Susan Poizner valued at $500.
eMail Questions and Course Discussion
During the course you can email your teacher at any time with your questions. You can also participate in the course discussion group, receiving feedback from both your teacher and from other students.
You will have lifetime access to this course and you will be able to enjoy free upgrades as new materials are added to the course.
Regular Tuition - 1 Student
As a lifelong gardener, I never had the opportunity to grow fruit trees. Having just purchased a property that allows me that privilege, I had many questions. Susan's course answered them all, moving at just the right pace and with great explana...Read More
As a lifelong gardener, I never had the opportunity to grow fruit trees. Having just purchased a property that allows me that privilege, I had many questions. Susan's course answered them all, moving at just the right pace and with great explanations. I have the confidence to care for my baby trees, making growing them that much more enjoyable. I will definitely take any courses she offers in the future, very well done.Read Less
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...Read More
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!Read Less
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...Read More
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, TorontoRead Less
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...Read More
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!Read Less
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...Read More
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!Read Less
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...Read More
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-Read Less
Susan Poizner has created a comprehensive course in fruit tree care. She organized the material in clear and logical manner. The variety of presentations made the learning material fun and always interesting.
Susan Poizner has created a comprehensive course in fruit tree care. She organized the material in clear and logical manner. The variety of presentations made the learning material fun and always interesting.Read Less
“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, 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, Ontario
“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, Arizona
“Thank you for an insightful course – a must-do for anyone interested in growing their own fruit. It was full of great essential information with straight forward, to-the-point lessons.”Lindsay Stuijfzand, Gardener, Toronto, 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, WA
“I really loved this course. It was a lot of fun and made learning the topic so interesting and enjoyable! The methods used and the way of teaching really made it easy for me to retain the information. I will definitely recommend to others.”Liz Lovell, Horticultural Technician Apprentice, Toronto, Ontario
““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, 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 Pittsburgh
How long will it take to complete the course?
You can complete the course in as little as 8 hours. Or you can take your time and go through it more slowly.
How long will I have access to the course?
You have lifetime access to the course, so you can review it anytime.
If I'm an ISA Certified Arborist, can I earn continuing education credits if I complete the course?
Absolutely! Depending on your credentials, ISA arborist graduates of Orchard People’s Certificate in Beginner Fruit Tree Care will receive the following CEU credits: BCMA Science: 3 CEUs, Practice: 5 CEUs, Management: 0 CEUs, Climber Specialist: 3 CEUs, Certified Arborist: 8 CEUs, Utility Specialist: 0 CEUs, Municipal Specialist: 5 CEUs, Aerial Lift: 3 CEUs
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.
Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass
Home growers, gardeners and orchardists will learn fruit tree pruning skills to improve fruit tree health and harvest quality. This 4-hour course covers central leader pruning, decorative espalier pruning and pruning high-density orchard plantings.
Bundle: Certificate in Fruit Tree Care & Pruning Masterclass
Save time and money by caring for your fruit trees properly. Sign up for Orchard People's 8-hour Certificate in Beginner Fruit Tree Care and receive our 4-hour Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass for half price. For beginner and intermediate growers.