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