The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic

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An educational film about the largest permaculture orchard in eastern North America and on the future of fruit growing.

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. Recognizing the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, this film proposes 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.

Beautiful, full of hard-won information, humble, practical.

Eric Toensmeier / author of Paradise Lot

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.

Jenn Jennings /

Film contents

  • creating habitat for birds / pollinators
  • natural pest control techniques
  • the trio system / plant combinations
  • the shrub herbaceous layers
  • seed planting of annuals
  • planting fruit trees / drainage considerations
  • tree training vs. pruning
  • grafting / overgrafting
  • creating habitat for birds / pollinators
  • natural pest control techniques
  • the trio system / plant combinations
  • the shrub herbaceous layers
  • seed planting of annuals
  • planting fruit trees / drainage considerations
  • tree training vs. pruning
  • grafting / overgrafting
  • starting your own trees vs. buying trees
  • mulch options with a focus on plastic mulch and why/how
  • drip irrigation
  • the importance of cultivar selection
  • the grocery aisle concept
  • spraying / fungi control
  • tree protection
  • frost protection

Trained as a biologist and landscape architect, Stefan Sobkowiak has taught fruit production, landscape plants and design, and natural history of vertebrates at Montreal’s McGill University. He owned a landscape design firm for 20 years, developping hundreds of projects for private, institutional and municipal clients. He’s been teaching permaculture in Quebec since 1995 and has given numerous presentations and workshops in Europe, New Zealand, United States and Canada.

Stefan is the owner of Miracle Farms since 1993.

469 reviews for The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic

  1. Joel

    I was very instructive with nice pictures.

  2. David

    It was up to my expectations. Nicely done. Great information.

  3. pietro marzitelli

    Loved it! A nice walk throw a permaculture orchared with the explination of the what a healthy natural orchare (and life)should be.

  4. Marko Lugarič

    Great content. I apreciate that orchard is commercial one making this trully viable alternative in the future.

  5. Anonymous

    Best film. Full of information, good explanations. Loved it

  6. Nicolas F.

    instructive and innovative, created very well, for a new future

  7. Christina M.

    I found this film very enjoyable and filled with information about permaculture in an orchard. Loved the experience that was shared. I would highly recommend this.

  8. Antonio Pietroniro

    Great intro to permaculture thinking. Lots of information and inspiration to get you started. Disappointed about the use of plastic though which proves once again that expansion can produce waste. We’ll have to put on our thinking caps again and move beyond that. Otherwise loved the initiative and a big thanks to Stephan for sharing his knowledge this way.

  9. Oliver Goshey

    Best resource for ecological orchard management that I’ve yet come across

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  11. Alain T.

    Un film enthousiasmant et qui donne un peu de lumière en cette période si obscur. Les images sont magnifiques (éclairage, cadrage, etc.) et le sujet est clairement présenté. Une très bonne introduction à la permaculture et de bons conseils pratiques! Supporte facilement plusieurs visionnement. Merci pour ce beau documentaire / cours d’intro sur la permaculture

  12. Marina

    Would purchase through you again. And the copy purchased is great.

  13. Christine

    ????I can’t wait to be pesticides, herbicide and chemical fertilizers free! I will build my own permaculture orchard.????️

  14. Guillaume Cuffel

    It doesn’t work on my phone…

  15. Alex N.

    Learned a lot! Great quality production on this educational film

  16. Sabrina C.

    I absolutely loved the movie. There is so much valuable information packed into the film that I’ve watched it a couple of times already! I also feel privileged to receive this information that Stefan and his team have gleaned through years of observation and trial and error…Thank you for sharing, you’re helping to make this Earth a better place. Merci infiniment.

  17. Gregory S.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Subject matter was shown in an entertaining way and was still entertaining.

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  19. Jorge

    Amazing and inspirational video! Very clear explanations. Thank you!

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