Horticulture Case Studies
Ticoba Blueberries and Avocados
The rolling green hills of the Comboyne Plateau have highly fertile volcanic soils. With an annual rainfall around 2000mm, Comboyne was originally a prime dairy farming region. Recent years have seen a growth in horticultural production with plantings of avocados, blueberries, macadamias and a range of other fruits and vegetables.
Fat Goose Fruits
At Fat Goose Fruits in South Australia’s Riverland, many of the trees in their citrus orchard are over 60 years old. They were planted soon after World War 2 by Humphrey Howie’s father. Humphrey and his wife Michelle now own and manage Fat Goose Fruits.
Regan Ford Olives
Many conventional olive groves are struggling to remain profitable in the face of continually declining international olive oil prices. Dr Derek Fisher, Director of Regans Ford Estate, has taken a different approach to olive plantings and management to minimise their major costs and maximise profitability.
Food Forest Olives
When the Brookmans started The Food Forest, the organic carbon level was a very low 0.7% and the soil would ‘turn to slush in winter and set like concrete in summer.’ A plough pan at a depth of 150-200mmvvll crop species.