Note, this website is under construction. We have posted it so you can see what where we are headed in terms of starting a new nursery. We ONLY have a few trees at this time, some pears (trees that will grow as small or large trees), sour cherries, and applesauce trees. All trees currently available are in pots, and are $25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Trees will need to be picked up on Louisa VA. We hope to have trees to ship this fall and winter.
Almonds Pecans Persimmons Kiwi Jujubes Pears Pawpaws Figs Pomegranates Applesauce Trees, Peaches Cherries Blackberries
LEaF No-Spray Nursery
Our trees produce fruit without any spray!
We ONLY sell trees that we have taken the time to grow ourselves and test their resistance to disease and insect attack.
The Living Energy Nursery is intended to be an educational project as much as a nursery. We want to help people learn about which fruit and nut trees will grow without any chemical spray.
Our nursery is brand new, so we only have a limited variety of trees for sale at this time.
If you want to buy trees or tree seeds, click on the links above or below. If you want to learn more about fruit trees, keep reading below. We have posted a lot of information here about the performance of various fruit and nut trees, as well as information about propagation and care of fruit and nut trees.
Almonds Pecans Persimmons Kiwi Jujubes Pears Pawpaws Figs Pomegranates Apples Peaches Cherries Blackberries
There are a dozens of highly productive fruit and nut trees that grow well in the Southeast and Central Atlantic regions without chemical sprays, but these are not the kinds of fruits that most people are accustomed to growing or eating. Persimmons, pawpaws, filberts, pecans, jujubes, muscadines, blight-resistant pears, kiwis and figs, to name a few, produce prodigious quantities of fruit with no spraying, and precious little tending.
The local food movement has brought together a diverse array of people who are dedicated to producing and consuming healthy, locally grown foods. There is a hole in that movement in terms of growing and consuming locally grown fruits and nuts. More so than any other agricultural sector, commercial fruit production is dependent on insecticides, pesticides, and industrial management practices.
It takes years to test any given tree. It is standard practice in the nursery industry to sell trees without testing them. Most fruiting trees are sold with shockingly little knowledge of how well they perform in the absence of industrial chemicals and management practices.
While the nursery trade is generally made up of hard-working people trying to earn an honest living, you should be aware that when other nurseries say that a particular apple, peach, plum or cherry is suitable to “zones 5 - 7,” that probably is NOT true in the practical sense. The apples, peaches, cherries, and plums you buy in the grocery store are as much products of industrial chemistry as the plastic bags in which they are wrapped. Such fruits are sprayed an average of 14 times with a toxic brew of insecticides and fungicides, some so toxic that you have to have a special license to buy them. The reality is that most if the fruit trees planted by homeowners never produce much fruit because most people do not want to spray their yards with such toxic sprays. Organic fruits are also heavily sprayed, and imported from long distances. It is also much more complicated to grow a diverse orchard than a monoculture orchard.
We have a pamphlet/ short book that provides an overview of fruit choices and propagation practices, which can be found at here, Perennial Food, Easy and Reliable Methods for Growing and Propagating Fruits and Nuts.