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2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – Orange

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 Joe Caltabiano of Apple Country Orchard

Host, Joe Caltabiano of Apple Country Orchard with FLA Jessica Fearnley will discuss Joe’s current harvest challenges, including attracting labour, and how this may change in the future.

Program outline

2 pm Light lunch provided on arrival

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

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

Canobolas Dance Hall

Canobolas Road, Orange NSW

3:45 pm In-orchard demonstration

FLA Jessica Fearnley and Joe Caltabiano of Apple Country Orchard

Apple Country Orchard

696 Canobolas Road, Canobolas, NSW

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 Orange Front Line Adviser – Jessica Fearnley on 0437 284 010 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.