2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – Tasmania

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 Updates

APAL FLA Sophie Folder will provide update on

  • apple replant decline rootstock trial,
  • Smitten hand thinning trial, and
  • last season’s Gala eating experience trial

Local Orchard walk – R&R Smith’s Grove Orchard

Join APAL board director and Orchard Manager Scott Price at R&R Smith’s Grove Orchard to discuss

  • their new harvest platforms and  how they are adapting their workforce and orchard for platform use this harvest, and
  • orchard floor management practices used in organic orchards.

Ryan Hankin and Nigel Bartels will share their experiences and practical tips for using platforms.

Program outline

2 pm Arrival


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

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Sophie Folder


R&R Smith, Grove Orchard

3:3o pm In-orchard demonstration

Scott Price, Orchard Manager R&R Smith, Grove Orchard

Ryan Hankin and Nigel Bartels


5 pm Concludes – light refreshments provided

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 Tasmania Front Line Adviser – Sophie Folder on 0439 247 172 or via email sophiefolder@internode.on.net

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. 

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