“The ultimate beauty of The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic […] is that Asselin and Sobkowiak have made a visually appealing film that delivers at both the environmental and economic level, while setting the stage for a new modern standard for commercial fruit production. […] Hopefully, this film will become the educational keystone for future orchardists… or the guy with a few fruit trees in the back yard.” -Jenn Jennings, Examiner.com
“Beautiful, full of hard-won information, humble, practical. Great work!” -Eric Toensmeier, co-author, Edible Forest Gardens
“Good information, well-resourced, and clearly presented in the unabashed context of permaculture. Shows the viewer that ecological design, practical management, and commercial success can come very happily together.” -Permaculture Activist magazine
The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic is a feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. We recognize the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, and want to propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.
Trained as a biologist and landscape architect, Sobkowiak has taught fruit production, landscape plants and design, and natural history of vertebrates at Montreal’s McGill University. He’s been teaching permaculture since 1995.