Course Goals and Outcomes

Learn how to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies on any fruit tree, anywhere, with this self-study online course.

  • Get to know the most important fruit tree pests and diseases in YOUR region.

  • Learn powerful strategies to control those problems using biological, mechanical, and cultural IPM.

  • Understand how organic fruit tree sprays work, and create your first fruit tree spray schedule.

  • Create a customized IPM workbook that helps you grow organic fruit trees successfully for years to come.

Course Benefits

Orchard People's "IPM for Fruit Trees" course is ideal for beginner and intermediate-level organic growers and includes these features and benefits:

  • Short Videos & Quizzes

    Each module includes short video lessons, quizzes, and assignments for an interactive learning experience.

  • Watch Anytime, Anywhere

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

  • IPM Record Keeping

    Implement what you've learned as we guide you in creating your own IPM record keeping workbook.

  • Lifetime Access & Updates

    You will have lifetime access to this course and will enjoy unlimited course updates for free.

  • Earn Your Graduate Badge

    Earn a certificate of completion and a badge to display in your email signature, on your website, or on your LinkedIn profile.

  • Completely Risk Free

    If you don’t like what you see, we will offer you a full refund within 30 days of purchasing the course.

Course curriculum

Click the plus signs (+) below to see the lessons in each module. Each video lesson is short and snappy (less than 15 minutes) so you can watch the videos anytime, even during a coffee break!

  • 1

    Introduction to IPM

  • 2

    Non-Chemical IPM

    • 201: Introduction and IPM Worksheet

    • 202 Cultural: Preparing the Site

    • 203 Cultural: Good Habits

    • Quiz for Lessons 202 and 203

    • 204 Mechanical: Using and Maintaining Traps

    • 205 Mechanical: Traps for Pest Reduction

    • 206 Mechanical: Traps for Monitoring

    • 207 Fruit Tree Traps eBook

    • 208 Mechanical: Pruning, Sox and Nets

    • Quiz for Lessons 204, 205, 206, 207, 208

    • 209 Biological: Boosting Biodiversity

  • 3

    Entomology and Pathology

    • 301 Introduction to Entomology

    • 302 Pest Identification Part 1

    • 303 Pest Identification Part 2

    • 304 Pest Identification Part 3

    • 305 Assignment 3: Pest Profiles

    • 306 Disease Identification

    • 307 Soil Pests and Diseases

    • 308 Assignment 4: Disease Profiles

  • 4

    Chemical IPM: Minimize and Optimize Organic Sprays

    • 401 Phenology and Timing Your Sprays

    • 402 Dormant Spray Options

    • 403 Early Summer Spray Options

    • 404 Summer Spray Options

    • 405 The Chemistry of Organic Sprays

    • 406 Assignment 5: Create Your First Spray Schedule

    • 407 Pesticide Safety

    • 408 Using Weather Tracking to Predict Pests

  • 5

    Scouting Tools and Techniques

    • 501 A Grower's Perspective of IPM

    • 502 Scouting Record Keeping

    • 503 Your Scouting Kit

    • 504 Next Steps

Bonus Webinars

Register for the "IPM for Fruit Trees" course TODAY and you will be able to participate in these two bonus webinars for free. The webinars are sponsored by

  • LIVE Q&A Webinar on Fruit Tree Pests (June 13, 2020 at 2pm EST)

    $125 value

    In this hour-long webinar, students will review what they have learned about the most important insect pests in their region and IPM Entomologist Stacey Hickman from IPM product supplier will answer student questions.

  • LIVE Q&A Webinar on Fruit Tree Traps (July 18, 2020 at 2pm EST)

    $125 value

    During the course, students will be testing out traps for pest reduction and monitoring. In this interactive webinar, entomologist Stacey Hickman will help you identify the insects that you caught in your traps.

Extra Bonus: Apple Tree Trap Starter Kit Add-On

Available ONLY to Students in this Course

If you sign up for this course, you will have the option to buy an Apple Tree Trap Starter Kit at cost price. This kit includes 2 spherical traps, Tangletrap coating, one diamond trap, one yellow sticky trap, a coddling moth lure, a pair of disposable gloves, and a professional hand lens. This kit retails for $52.10 + shipping. But we are offering the kit for $40 (shipping included to Canada and US). We only have 20 kits available at this price so first come, first served. Due to COVID 19 we can't sell and ship these right away but we will notify students when they are available for purchase. Sponsored by IPM supply companies and
Apple Tree Trap Starter Kit Products include two spherical traps, Tangletrap coating, a diamond trap, a yellow sticky card, a coddling moth lure, disposable gloves and a professional hand lens.

Pricing options

Register before April 1, 2020 for pre-launch pricing. That option will disappear after April 1, 2020.

Act NOW as the pre-launch price is only available until 11.59 PM EST on April 1, 2020!

Make sure you are ready for the growing season to come! This is how much time is left before our pre-launch discounts end:

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Your Instructor

Susan Poizner is an urban orchardist and the Director of Fruit Tree Care Education

Susan Poizner


Susan Poizner in an urban orchardist, fruit tree care educator and ISA Certified Arborist. She is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the fruit tree care training website at Susan is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and an instructor of Fruit Production at Niagara College in Ontario. Susan lives in Toronto, Canada.


This course is brought to you by in partnership with and

Solida IPM Supplies, Canada
Orchard People Fruit Tree Care Education
Natural Insect Control for Organic Pest Control Options

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