Most of what I got was 1-3 inch thick branches. Not what I had in mind, but will make it easy to cut since I don't own an axe or chainsaw. The circular saw made quick work of it when we were rough cutting it in the field.
As for the -icides, I plan on shaving the bark off when I go to throw it in the fire. Also, the -icides should mostly break down or weather away during seasoning. When people eat the apples from these trees, they simply wash them with water, so I'm not terribly concerned. The farmer said he burns it for personal use. This particular orchard does seem to try to reduce most of the chemicals too.
From their site:
Our approach to sustainable farming...
We use no herbicides under the trees, and we continue to refine and reduce our pesticide and fungicide spray program with various strategies:
We have over 12 varieties of apples on mature fruit-bearing trees, and several more coming when our younger trees start to produce. The varieties ripen at different times from August through October and each has its own special flavour and appeal. We are also proud to offer some unique heritage varieties that are no longer easy to find.
In addition to the apple orchard, we have enhanced our farm's beneficial management practices through participation in the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan. Projects completed to date include planting spruce trees as shelterbelt, constructing a farm pond for water management and irrigation, and land improvements to enhance wildlife biodiversity."