Our Story - from Humble Beginnings...
Here in Cradoc Tasmania, in the beautiful Huon Valley, we love the taste of old fashioned apples and the idea of families and friends picking fresh apples from their own tree.There are many wonderful taste sensations of heritage apples to discover – sadly however, these rare apples are in danger of being lost forever.
In Tasmania, once known as the 'Apple Isle’ we are seeing a resurgence in the production of cider and demand for heritage apples. Some farmers and orchardists are ditching the use of chemicals and moving towards sustainable agriculture – free from chemicals. This makes the locally brewed cider even more appealing!
Here at the Free Settlers Historical Plant Nursery, Grant and I (Rowena) have been grafting and growing a range of heritage apples for cooking, cider and simply to eat straight from the tree. We've been selling maiden trees (1st year old) at local markets and recently we have been taking the delicious fruit along as well.
The response to our heritage apple trees at the markets and the wonderful flavour of the apples has been overwhelming. Grant’s extensive expertise, gained from working in the nursery and orchard industry for over 30 years is reflected in the robust health and well-being of our tree seedlings.
We feel good, that we are not only helping to secure the future of yesteryear apple trees organically, but we feel we are helping re-awaken Tasmania’s future as the “Apple Isle” once again.
Why we need your help?
To secure the future of our heritage apples, we need your help to plant out heritage apple trees grafted and grown from last Winter 2013. These are our stock trees, that we will use to produce scion wood, to be later grafted on rootstock - which will be sold as trees in the future.
The funds generated by this Kickstarter project will help us plant, protect and care for over two hundred trees to start with on our own 11 acre property here in Cradoc, Tasmania and set up the second stage of our nursery production.
We need to start planting this Winter 2014 to raise heritage apple tree seedlings for Winter 2015. We want to save many of the 200+ varieties of heritage apples (that you often won't find in the supermarkets) to safe-keep genetic diversity and for everyone to savour their truly delicious flavour. Please take a look at our REWARDS page. We appreciate your support.
Risks and challenges
We have the expertise to graft and grow, protect and nurture young heritage apple trees into the future. We have the acreage to accommodate the stock trees.
Mother nature is our greatest risk, like most people earning a living from the land bushfire being our greatest threat. Your contribution will help towards setting up appropriate irrigation that will not only help water the trees but help ensure their survival against the threat of fire.
Other risks include wildlife (wallabies, possums). Appropriate fencing will reduce the impact on young stock trees. Your contribution will help with fencing costs to protect the trees.
We feel confident, due to our knowledge in grafting and caring for young trees, that this heritage apple orchard will be around for years to come but need your support to kick start the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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