Lured by a local girl, Sid settled in sunny Roxburgh East from Sydney, Australia, nearly 30 years ago. He didn’t know a lot about horticulture but he’s learnt a bit since then.
Managing a complex, diverse fruit growing operation has many challenges and considerations. Increasingly sophisticated markets want food that’s traceable, grown sustainably and compliant with stringent international standards. There’s seasonal labour to organise, health and safety requirements to meet. While the demands are diverse, it’s the natural promise and delight of seasonal tasks that offer the most satisfaction.
“It’s pruning in the winter and then seeing new buds form on new wood and flowers in spring, it’s a beautiful time. The fruit forms and then we’re into thinning. Harvesting comes and then packing and delivery, everyone ticking the boxes. The fruit look good and hopefully we’ll get the dollars back.”