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Our apple trees grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, Certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO) species. Reg. #40-002449
We believe our farming methods reflect our commitment to finding new ways to live and work with the land. The apple trees are at the center of our nursery, but the soil is the body that contains the heart of the trees. Our organic growing methods require a five year crop rotation to prevent the build up of pathogens in the soil. We plant permanent hedgerows of native plants, fruit trees and annual flowers to attract a diverse population of beneficial insects, reptiles, birds, amphibians and small mammals. Fallow nursery blocks are planted with green manure crops in combination with compost to reduce soil erosion and return organic matter to the soil allowing the diverse population of bacteria, fungi, micro and macro fauna to thrive. Lastly, through our ambivalent relationship to the plants that have followed our agrarian path, the weeds, we have become quite skilled in our hand hoeing techniques! This traditional method of growing trees provides our workers, families, neighbors, flora and fauna a work place and home that has not been soiled with problems that our children will have to solve. We are careful not to compromise tomorrow’s needs for today’s desire. Ultimately, our success relies on the support of our customer. We believe our fruit trees are a simple gesture of our commitment to you to provide answers today on the best method for long term growth and prosperity for our trees, homes and communities.
Neil Collins with bins organic heirloom apples