Consulting

Whether you dream of a one thousand tree orchard, a few berry bushes or restoring an old orchard we can help take the guesswork out of your plans. We provide educational and management services to help growers at all levels, from novice to seasoned orchardists and farmers. And with decades of experience, we can help you if you grow fruit commercially or just for your family and friends.

In our consulting we stress sustainable ideals including organic farming practices, permaculture principles, regenerative agriculture, no-till processes and good land stewardship. The support we provide encompasses not only scientific information, but also business and homesteading concerns. Consultations can be tailored to fit each client’s needs.

All consultation services are provided by Todd Parlo, manager and owner of Walden Heights Nursery & Orchard. Todd is a no-nonsense mentor, dedicated to helping people grow healthy food to make a living or to feed their family.

His 30 years of working as an educator, orchardist, nurseryman and organic farmer provides customers with a mentor who has lived experience in all aspects of fruit growing.

Consultations for Non Commercial, Small Scale Growers

We can create an intelligent plan for your future orchard based on your needs, available time and resources. We help urban growers use their small yards wisely and assist new landowners reclaim old orchards or plant new orchards

Basic Consultation with Visit:

The Basic consultation can be tailored to fit each client’s needs, but routinely concentrates on infrastructure, soil and plant science, understanding soil test results, yield projections and other basic orchard skills and includes:

  • Site visit to your land (There is no limit to travel distance, but we do charge $1.00/mile for travel)
  • Assistance with layout and species/cultivar choices
  • Written report assessment and recommendations
  • Orchard care and maintenance schedules (may include spray schedules, fertilizing, month to month tasks, pests and disease management)
  • Seasonal care bulletins
  • A full year of mentoring through discussions, q & a, and supporting materials
  • Subsequent years of support, if desired, will discounted to $150/year and can be extended indefinitely.

$ 450 - Contact Us

If you have bigger plans or need more help, please consider the Full Orchard Mentoring option below.

Virtual Basic Consultation:

This consultation type allows growers from around the world to work with us. The only difference from the Basic Consultation is this consultation does not include a physical site visit.

$ 325 - Contact Us

Simple Site Visit:

This consultation type includes:

  • Site visit to your land (There is no limit to travel distance, but we do charge $1.00/mile for travel)
  • Up to two hours of inspection, discussion, or training. (This session can be extended in duration with an hourly charge).

This consultation does not include written reports or ongoing support.

$ 250 - Contact Us

Consultations for Commercial, Large Scale Growers

Full Orchard Mentoring:

This consultation type is intended for those who currently have or are planning a commercial operation or a larger scale farm or homestead. What sets this apart from homestead level packages is a significant increase in the amount and level of professional support.

The Full Orchard Mentoring consult is tailored to fit each client’s farm, but routinely includes:

  • Site visit to your land (There is no limit to travel distance, but we do charge $1.00/mile for travel)
  • Assistance with layout and species/cultivar choices
  • Business advice regarding infrastructure decisions, marketing and other forms of business planning
  • Written report (assessment and recommendations)
  • Orchard care and maintenance schedules (may include spray schedules, fertilizing, month to month tasks, pests and disease management)
  • Seasonal care bulletins
  • A full year of mentoring through discussions, q & a, and supporting materials
  • Subsequent years of support, if desired, will discounted to $350/yr and can be extended indefinitely

$ 1,000 - Contact Us

Virtual Full Orchard Mentoring Consultation:

This consultation type allows growers from around the world to work with us. The only difference from Full Orchard Mentoring consult is this consultation does not include a physical site visit.

$ 750 - Contact Us