Menu Close
Avatar
Log In
Please consider registering
Guest
Forum Scope






Start typing a member's name above and it will auto-complete

Match



Forum Options



Min search length: 3 characters / Max search length: 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_TopicIcon
Michael Phillips, RIP
RSS
Avatar
Reinettes
Lewis Co., WA
370 Posts
(Offline)
1
March 9, 2022 - 4:50 pm

Hi Forum Members,

I recently received this from the Cider Digest, and I thought that at least some of you would be familiar with his books.  I know that at past HOS scion distributions and HOS autumn fruit tastings his book:  "The Apple Grower, A Guide for the Organic Orchardist" was available for sale.  It is a tremendous compendium of information, and also often quite entertaining to read.

This was posted by Quebec apple aficionado Claude Jolicoeur, the author of the outstanding reference "The New Cider Maker's Handbook, A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers."  It's titled a "handbook", but it is the best textbook on the subject available today.  As usual I digress.  Here is Claude's posting [I take it to mean Feb. 27 or 28]:

This is very sad news. Michael Phillips left us last weekend. His heart
failed as he was working in his orchard. This was very sudden and totally
unexpected, as he had sent me a normal email the same morning of his death.
Many of you on this forum are from many areas of the world and might not
know much of his work. He was a monument in North America for
non-conventional orcharding practices, and in particular promoted Holistic
orcharding. He wrote many books, animated numerous workshops and
conferences, and hosted a forum called *Holistic Orchard Network*.
http://groworganicapples.com/portal.php

He was the central point, linking together many apple growers who believe
conventional way of growing apples is not the best way to go, and he will
be missed.
Claude

Reinettes.

Avatar
cmullin
Philomath, OR
35 Posts
(Offline)
2
March 9, 2022 - 6:45 pm

I have both the book by the late Mr. Phillips and the cidermaking book by Mr. Jolicoeur. I was sorry to hear about Mr. Phillips, his book is very good and inspirational. It played a significant role in my interest in relocating to Oregon, I am following his advice on our small hobby farm. He will be missed. 

  I am a member of the cider-workshop group. Mr. Jolicoeur posts regularly and also answers questions. If you have an interest in cider I recommend being on that forum, and his book on cider is the best on the topic(I have read many cider books). That forum is where I heard about the sad news of Mr. Phillips. I echo Rienettes recommendation of both books being excellent.

Avatar
DanielW
Clark County, WA
518 Posts
(Offline)
3
March 10, 2022 - 8:25 am

I'm sorry to learn of Mike's passing.  I think he was a modern pioneer of orchards.

In a way, he passed the way I have often expressed what I want when I go - as I'm out working in my garden.

Rest in peace.

Avatar
John S
PDX OR
2514 Posts
(Offline)
4
March 12, 2022 - 7:32 pm

Yes sad news. Great book about the apple orchards.  If you gotta go, Michael Phillips and the Godfather set the standard.

John S
PDX OR

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
All RSS Show Stats
Administrators:
Idyllwild
Moderators:
John S
Marsha H
Viron
jafar
portlandian
Top Posters:
Rooney: 629
DanielW: 518
PlumFun: 495
Reinettes: 370
davem: 297
gkowen: 218
Dubyadee: 210
sweepbjames: 205
tstoehr: 138
quokka: 136
Newest Members:
djvanke4849965
luciaparkhill06
leroy43b27575504
lorrinewoollacot
marianakeysor56
alenabrannon
penneymattocks
tristamulquin
marta96q0352172
rosalindasosa
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 4
Topics: 2772
Posts: 15363

 

Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 0
Members: 4039
Moderators: 5
Admins: 1
Most Users Ever Online: 232
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 8
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)