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Establishing & caring for your orchard

Huon Producers' Network

Sunday, 29 July 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (AEST)

Establishing & caring for your orchard

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Have you always wanted your own backyard orchard but don't know where to start?

Have you inherited some trees but don't know how to care for them?

Are you interested in giving your plants a boost?

How about checking out a home orchard being planted from scratch?

Or are you just keen to talk fruit and enjoy some cake?


Then join us for a morning of tips for planting out and caring for your orchard.

We will be discussing the following:

  • Designing an orchard layout: orientation & spacing; pollination; structures & Irrigation
  • Sourcing rootstock / growing from cuttings or seed
  • Ground preparation & companion planting
  • Pruning for growth (early years care)
  • Collecting graftwood
  • Grafting techniques
  • Pruning for fruit (later years care)
  • General care & maintenance (pest control, nutrition)


To help guide us through this exciting topic, we are lucky to have the presence of Matthew Tack from Our Mates' Farm.


Our Mates' Farm

Matthew refers to himself as an "accidental orchardist" from Geeveston.  After moving to Tasmania 5 years ago, Matthew and his partner Coreen purchased an 80 acre property with 60 acres of neglected apple trees.  With the help of some talented mentors, namely Andrew Smith from Willie Smiths and Neil Fuller from Surges Bay Orchard, Matthew and Coreen have now turned the orchard on Our Mates' Farm into a diverse profitable enterprise with a focus on soil health and biodiversity.  Over the last 5 years they have increased the number of apple varieties on the farm from 5 to 40 and immersed themselves in the broad range of skills needed for orchard management. 

Most importantly, Matthew remembers exactly what it was like to be learning this all for the first time, and as a result he is ideally placed to share his knowledge with others.


So you can bring your secateurs and have a go, or enjoy a hot drink and watch on.

We will provide you with morning tea and notes for the day.


 Huon Producers' Network

Huon Producers’ Network looks forward to sharing the knowledge and helping you get started on your orcharding adventure.


Have questions about Establishing & caring for your orchard? Contact Huon Producers' Network

When & Where

Green Dreams
139 Cradoc Hill Road
Cradoc, TAS 7109

Sunday, 29 July 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (AEST)

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Huon Producers' Network

Based in southern Tasmania's bountiful Huon Valley, and welcoming those from near and far, The Huon Producers’ Network is a vibrant and diverse group of small to medium sized producers who work cooperatively to establish a local food bowl and resilient economy.

We work together to provide access to amazingly grown local produce, share knowledge and experience, build our community, advocate for positive change and always find time to have a laugh.


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