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2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – SA

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

Local Orchard walk – Nicol Orchard

Join us at the Nicol Orchard where Susie Green from Apple and Pear Growers Association of SA and FLA Paul James will lead a discussion on the attributes of different managed club varieties at the orchard including Jazz™, Envy™, MiApple®, Bravo™ grown using a range of planting systems.

Program outline

1 pm Light lunch provided on arrival

1:30 pm Streamed presentation plus live Q&A session

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Lenswood Bowling Club

2:45 pm In-orchard demonstration

Susie Green and Paul James

Nicol Orchard

4 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 SA Front Line Adviser – Paul James on 0419 826 956 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.