Tim’s approach to using sprays is “less is best” and any spraying varies from harvest to harvest ie. if a pest is observed damaging the fruit in the orchard. The more conventional farmers apply sprays at regular intervals eg every 4-6 weeks. “We have 4 sprays that we use to manage fruit spotting bug, thrips and mites (one is organic, the other 3 are not). These are used as required. Sometimes that is once a season, sometimes up to 4 times a season.”
Avocados, each LOCAL (are sprayed minimally) NCO
Meliora Farm is a citrus and avocado farm located at Peats Ridge and is currently operated by Tim Kemp who is a third generation farmer. Tim uses a blend of conventional, bio-dynamic and organic farming methods.
These avocados are NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC and they have been sprayed – using minimal spray. This season (2017) they have been sprayed twice – once in December and once in February (see more info below).
NOTE: All avocados in mixed fruit and veg boxes are certified organic from other origins within Australia.