Horticulture

Barham avocado grower features on TV

By Geoff Adams

A Barham avocado grower will feature on a television program which takes a look at the businesses of Australian fresh food growers.

Katrina and Tim Myers’ business, Barham Avocados, will appear on a segment of My Market Kitchen s in August.

The business is trialling a retractable cover on half-a-hectare of avocados, which will protect the trees from excessive sun, frost and wind.

Ms Myers said the greenhouse approach was expensive but they were interested in finding out if it could be justified in terms of improved yield and quality.

“We've already found it is 50 per cent more water efficient.”

The 400 Hass variety trees were planted out in November 2018, and they were hoping for a first crop within three years, which would be a year or two earlier than if the trees were planted without the cover.

Hort Innovation is helping educate Australia on the wonders of Aussie horticulture.
 
The research and development corporation for the horticulture industry is sponsoring My Market Kitchen to showcase grower stories, their produce and the research-driven innovations and practices that growers use on farm to deliver healthy, nutritious and sometimes unique fruit, vegetables, and nuts to plates and lunchboxes across Australia.
 
Examples of innovations and on farm practices include trial breeding sites for new varieties of custard apples, use of new technologies, treatment and prevention of diseases, and the value that industry leadership programs has provided to growers.  
 
The show visits growers on their farms, and we hear stories of their passion about growing the food many Australian’s eat every day.  
 
Growers produce is transformed into easy and delicious meals. The key nutrition benefits are highlighted, and Hort Innovation Research and Development Manager and Accredited Dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon inspires viewers showing them how easy it is to enjoy nature’s produce through a range of recipes highlighting more than 27 industries, from almonds through to vegetables.
 
Hort Innovation CEO Matt Brand said, “This is a strategic partnership because we want to build and re-enforce the connection between Australian consumers and their growers. It’s about connecting people with growers and the fresh produce that ends up on their plate, to enhance both physical and mental health.

The program, initially scheduled to run in July, is now expected to run on August 11 at 3.30pm on Channel 10.

Avocados grown at Barham will be coming into harvest in the next few months.

They pride themselves on being innovative and having an emphasis on sustainability and quality. They don't use pesticides and they focus on efficient water use, with the use of soil moisture meters.

They are also part of a national network of avocado producers called the Avo Club, which can supply avocados to customers all year round.

Horticulture Australia is sponsoring Channel Ten’s My Market Kitchen to showcase grower stories, their produce and the research-driven innovations and practices that growers use on farm to deliver healthy, nutritious and sometimes unique fruit, vegetables, and nuts to plates and lunchboxes across Australia.

Examples of innovations include trial breeding sites for new varieties of custard apples, use of new technologies, treatment and prevention of diseases, and the value that industry leadership programs have provided to growers.

My Market Kitchen will feature growers in 12 segments of the show, with the last to go to air in September.