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2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – Goulburn Valley

Future Orchards®

Is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards and industry?

In coming years, we may reflect on 2020 as the year we saw a step-change in how our industry attracts and retains permanent and seasonal labour.

So what could a more resilient and reliable labour supply look like, how will our orchard design and operations need to change, and how will this flow through to immediate and longer-term business investments and profitability?

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow from AgFirst will join our Autumn Future Orchards® walks online from New Zealand to explore some actions that you can take to reshape your labour needs and your orchard to

  • get the job done on time and well
  • reduce the costs of labour per kg of fruit
  • ensure orchards are workable by a broader demographic of staff, and
  • make orchards an employer of choice

Orchard walk with Matt Lenne of Calimna Orchards

Host Matt Lenne, with Mick Crisera and Nic Finger, will lead an in-orchard discussion looking at

  • the performance of local pear and apple varieties, and
  • local experiences using leaf defoliators and hedging this season.

With the increased use of harvest-tech including picking platforms this season, one of the industry’s early adopters Jason Shields will showcase some of the latest harvest platform tech and share insights on what to consider when choosing a platform.

Program outline


2 pm Light lunch provided on arrival

Calimna Orchard,

90 Minchin Road, Ardmona, VIC

2:30 pm Streamed presentation plus live Q&A session

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

3:30 pm In-orchard demonstration

Matt Lenne, Mick Crisera, Nic Finger

Jason Shields, Plunkett Orchards

5 pm Concludes


Registration is essential to ensure compliance with COVID safety regulations.

By registering in advance you will receive a reminder the day before and an hour before the event commences.

For further information

APAL Northern VIC Front Line Adviser – Michael Crisera on 0427 239 871 or via email [email protected]

Proudly supported by  

Future Orchards® is an APAL project funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy with matched funds from the Australian Government.