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Harvest is over!

We completed harvest in the first week of May and we have been busy filling orders since then. Harvest was good because quality was high after the dry summer. However, with the drought and reduced water allocation in our irrigation scheme, quantity was down. Overall we are pleased though and the final result is better […]

Sheep in the Orchard

For many years we have used an orchard floor management system where we mow the inter-row grass and throw it sideways under the trees for mulch and to suppress the weeds. We had been thinking of reducing our carbon footprint by reducing the mowing and using sheep to keep the grass down, as well as […]

Wildlife in the Orchard

We’ve always been happy to have native animals able to access the orchard, as long as they don’t cause too much damage. We have bandicoots, potoroos and pademelons in the orchard most nights and brushtail possums during the harvest season (they don’t take many nuts). Jane saw a platypus down at the river a few […]

New Season Pickled Walnuts

We doubled production again this year and this required two two-week cycles of picking, brining and cooking. We also used a new commercial kitchen located about five minutes from the orchard and this made a huge difference. We purchased three new drying cabinets each capable of drying about 3000 nuts and this greatly improved our […]