Torere macadamia orchard to feature on Country Calendar

NURSERY BY THE SEA: Torere Macadamias will be the focus of this week’s episode of Country Calendar, Sunday, TV1, 7pm. Orchard owners Vanessa Hayes and Rod Husband have 1500 macadamia trees on their seaside nursery and talk about this emerging horticulture industry in Tairawhiti. Pictures by Kerryanne Evans
Macadamia trees heavy with ripening nuts.
Part of the nursery at Torere Macadamias.
Grafting macadamia trees in the nursery.

THIS week’s episode of Country Calendar, “Hard Nut to Crack”, will feature Gisborne’s emerging macadamia nut industry, with the focus on Torere Macadamias.

Torere Macadamias orchard owner Vanessa Hayes says macadamia nuts are catching on fast in Gisborne. They are not only good for you and delicious to eat, but the plants are low maintenance and require no chemicals, sprays or irrigation.

Ms Hayes has been researching macadamia nuts after doing a horticulture course in 1983, and she has found the best varieties for our climate and soil. Local growers have caught on and macadamia plantations are popping up all over the East Coast and in Gisborne.

Growers are part of a co-op aiming to boost the economy through an increase in production, which will lead to a processing and food production facility in Gisborne within five years.

To get the full story on the snowball effect of macadamias in our horticultural industry, tune in to Country Calendar TV1 at 7pm on Sunday.

THIS week’s episode of Country Calendar, “Hard Nut to Crack”, will feature Gisborne’s emerging macadamia nut industry, with the focus on Torere Macadamias.

Torere Macadamias orchard owner Vanessa Hayes says macadamia nuts are catching on fast in Gisborne. They are not only good for you and delicious to eat, but the plants are low maintenance and require no chemicals, sprays or irrigation.

Ms Hayes has been researching macadamia nuts after doing a horticulture course in 1983, and she has found the best varieties for our climate and soil. Local growers have caught on and macadamia plantations are popping up all over the East Coast and in Gisborne.

Growers are part of a co-op aiming to boost the economy through an increase in production, which will lead to a processing and food production facility in Gisborne within five years.

To get the full story on the snowball effect of macadamias in our horticultural industry, tune in to Country Calendar TV1 at 7pm on Sunday.

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