We are a new orchard, first plantings 2003, specialising only in cherries determined to minimise our ecological footprint and produce top quality fruit. To achieve this we have installed the latest machinery in a brand new purpose built packhouse. We are fully accredited to NZGAP and EUROGAP standards and are part of Summergreen programme following all the accept best practise standards and experimenting to improve on that.
By extensive use of pheromone traps the insect pressure is monitored.
Lots has been said about food miles and a lot more will be said. Much is due to the covert protectionism movement of EU producers. A far better method is to look at the overall carbon footprint.
Our fruit travels by different means to different destinations. Some of it is air freighted all the way, some by sea and others by combination of all available methods. For example our cherries, destined for EU, are often flown to LA then transhipped by rail to USA east coast and finally sea freighted to EU port closest to its final market. The simplistic tag of 12,000 air miles is totally erroneous. Our trees sequester more than our air miles or operations produce. It has been shown that New Zealand farmers exporting meat and diary to EU have a lower overall carbon footprint than then their European counterparts. Similar studies are underway for other produce including summer fruit.
Without export any cherry production in New Zealand becomes absolutely uneconomic and the carbon sequestering in the orchard trees is lost. We only have 4 million people spread over an area larger than England and about same size as Japan and therefore are absolutely dependant on overseas markets for economic survival.