Home' Grower : September 2012 Contents The South Australian Grower -- September 2012
Adelaide Hills apple grower
scoops top national award
By MAX OPRAY
LENSWOOD apple and
pear grower Robert Green
was not having a bar of it
when told he had won the Apple
and Pear Australia Limited 2012
Grower of the Year award at the
AGM and Levy Payer meetings in
Melbourne last month.
"I wasn't able to attend because
I was in Holland on a overseas
study tour," he said.
"Someone sent an SMS in the
middle of the night telling me I'd
won, and in the morning when I
saw the message, well I thought a
few of my colleagues had too
much to drink at the industry ball
and were playing a prank on me."
Later that day, Mr Green
received confirmation from APAL,
and was finally convinced the
award was no joke.
"I certainly didn't see it coming
-- without watering it down too
much, no one goes about their
day-to-day business trying to win
awards, but the recognition
coming from your industry and
peers is nice and a bit humbling,"
The fifth-generation apple and
pear grower helps run Oakleigh
Orchards at Lenswood, and is
certainly not taking the good
times for granted.
"During the eighties, there was
a time on this property with three
consecutive years of substantial
hailstorm damage," he said.
"It took a bit of grit to stomach
that and find a way through it,
and I gave big consideration as to
whether to continue what I was
doing - on top of the damage, we
had an aging orchard that needed
to be redeveloped.
"But there was light at the end
of the tunnel so I chose to keep
doing what I knew. Thankfully, we
made the right decisions with
planting new varieties and new
Mr Green is known for his
progressive attitude towards fruit
growing and has been quick to
adopt modern planting methods,
such as incorporating dwarfing
He has hosted many industry
field days on his property, and is
heavily involved with fruit
industry representation, having
worked with the South Australian
Apple and Pear Growers
Cooperative Society, the
Australian Pome Fruit
Improvement program, and the
Central Hills Soils Board.
But he does not consider his
work with representative bodies as
"I see a lot of the industr y
representation as simply an
Fifth-generation apple and pear grower Robert Green has been quick
to adopt modern planting methods.
extension of business here at
home," he said.
"We do everything we can to
make sure we're producing a
high-quality product, as we're
not going to produce on
"The industry really is
threatened by challenges of
imported fruit, particularly given
our high wage structure
combined with the high dollar,
so you've got to be constantly
challenging yourself on what
can't have the luxury of resting
on your laurels."
Apple, pear trade take stock
Australia Ltd are
Cobram; CEO John
Moore, Albury; and
Robyn and Helen Mason,
director Jon Durham.
Tamara Flanagan with Sarah
Kulman, APAL Communications. Stephen Tancred with Rosie, John and
manager Sarah Kulman has
an eye for apples.
fruit hat, as
winner of the
best fruit mask
on the night.
Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative
chairman James Walters with wife
Michael and Leonie Stafford, Lenswood.
Sandy Dickinson with Ron Fergusson,
MIKE LAMOND attended the Apple and Pear
Australia Ltd AGM and dinner in Melbourne
last month and took these photos.
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