The 5 Key Steps to Quick Success with Fruit Trees

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“Grow Great Fruit has for years been one of the best online resources for helping those growing fruit in the suburbs and across our rural hinterlands to crank up their household economy with greater abundance. In the process many have become producers for their local communities. The relaunched website and programs are now even better; a great resource for those wanting to skill up or start from scratch as fruit producers.”

— David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture

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Finally! — a webinar that will show you how to quickly get the confidence you need to look after your fruit trees.
In little more than an hour you’ll understand:
  • how to build healthy soil (and why it’s SO important);
  • how to make sure your trees have the right amount of water;
  • how to make pruning simple (YES, really);
  • the key to organic pest and disease control (without using chemicals);
  • how to grow a year’s supply of fruit and save hundreds of dollars.
This is the best time you will EVER invest in growing your own food!


Hugh and Katie Finlay have been growing organic fruit commercially since the late 1990s. Through drought, flood and everything in between, they’ve successfully harvested a crop every year. They’ve taught hundreds of fruit growing enthusiasts how to get rapid success and confidence with their fruit trees.

Hugh is the ‘microbe nerd’ on the farm, having trained with Dr Elaine Ingham at the Soil Food Web Institute, as well as other inspirational teachers.  Hugh’s experience is in fruit tree nutrition, irrigation, netting, and pretty much anything that involves a tractor! After doing his initial farm training in Western Australia and the middle East, Hugh spent many years roaming the world as a Lonely Planet author before settling on the idyllic farm in Harcourt he shares with Katie.



Katie’s experience is in fruit production, packing and marketing, which includes everything from pruning and grafting the trees through to picking, storage and preserving fruit. Growing up on the farm Katie thought farming was for the birds and headed off to Uni in Melbourne, but after getting her Bachelor of Science and then studying permaculture, she realized that her heart lay back where she’d started in the country. 

Katie and Hugh are passionate about helping people learn how to successfully grow their own fruit. They grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. They’re aware of the changing climate, so the gardening methods they teach help to create solutions, not add to the problem.

They’ve poured years of experience into their farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most…information, skills, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.

The 5 Key Steps to Quick Success with Fruit Trees

Free webinar with Hugh & Katie Finlay

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Awards, Grants and Research

  • Research participant, “What is the relationship between soil health and environmental stewardship in conventional and alternative agricultural management systems in Victoria, Australia”, Assoc. Prof. Wendy Stubbs, Dr Vanessa Wong, Mr Thomas Kennett, Monash University, September 2019.
  • Research participant, “What is the relationship between soil health and environmental stewardship in conventional and alternative agricultural management systems in Victoria, Australia”, Assoc. Prof. Wendy Stubbs, Dr Vanessa Wong, Mr Thomas Kennett, Monash University, September 2019.
  • Grant recipient, 2018, “Harcourt Organic Farm Alliance”, Farming Together Grant, Australian Government
  • Grant recipient, 2018, “Creating the Land of Milk and Honey in Rural Australia”, Food Source Victoria Growth Grant, DEDJTR, State Government of Victoria
  • Research participant, The Difference Incubator for Hepburn Wind, March 2018.
  • Grant recipient, 2017, “Harcourt Organic Farm Alliance”, Food Source Victoria Planning Grant, DEDJTR, State Government of Victoria
  • Winner, 2015 RIRDC Victorian Rural Women’s Award, link here
  • Winner, 2015 Mount Alexander Business of the Year
  • Winner, 2015 Mount Alexander Sustainability and Environment Award
  • Runner-up, Outstanding Best Practice, Outstanding Innovation or Invention & Encouragement Awards, Carbon Cocky Awards, 2011
  • Medalist, ‘From the Earth, delicious produce awards, 2011
  • Medalist, ‘From the Earth, delicious produce awards, 2010

Media & Speaking


  • Article, “Broccoli by subscription”, Sanctuary modern green homes magazine, link here, January 2020
  • Article, “Farming for old and new” (The Co-op Generation), Organic Gardener magazine, link here, February 2020
  • Article, “Culinary Gold”, Going Places, Malaysia Airlines in-flight magazine, link coming soon, February 2020


  • Article, “New co-op models show promise”, The Weekly Times Farm Magazine, link here, October 2019.
  • Keynote speaker, “The Individual’s Role in Agriculture & Sustainability”, Josie McEwan Dinner, Buda Historic Home & Garden, Castlemaine, September 2019.
  • Article, “Working co-operatively”, Organic Insights Magazine, National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), link here, Winter 2019.
  • Speaker & workshop, “Pruning Fruit Trees”, Castlemaine & District Garden Club, May 2019.
  • Panel Speaker, “Co-operatives as an Alternative Economic Structure”, Localising Leanganook, May 2019
  • Article. “Climate change”, Bendigo Advertiser, link here, 8 February, 2019.
  • Panel member, Launch of the “EAT-Lancet report on Food, Planet and Health, Festival 21, Melbourne, February 2019


  • Article, “Victoria’s first organic co-op”, Southern Farmer Newspaper and North East and Goulburn Newspaper, link here, September 2018
  • M.C.,  “An Evening With David Holmgren” Retrosuburbia launch, August 2018
  • TV appearance, “A day in the life of a farmer: If you see it, you can be it”, ABC Kids TV series celebrating International Womens Day, link here, July 2018
  • Speaker, “Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op”, Farming Together Co-operatives conference, June 2018
  • TV appearance, “Central Victoria will beome home to Australia’s first organic farming alliance”, 9 News Central Victoria, link here, July 2018
  • Article, “Harcourt co-operative set to develop organic farming hub”, Bendigo Advertiser, link here, 2018
  • Article, “Local organic co-op: an Aussie first”, Midland Express, link here, 2018
  • Speaker, “Apple Day”, Kyabram Garden Club, 2018
  • Article, “Fruits of Labour” Lost Magazine, link here, 2018
  • Article, “Farmers choose to see ‘up’ side of disaster”, Weekly Times, link here, 2018
  • Article, “New food trends”, Australian Geographic magazine, 2018
  • Podcast, “Get the Dirt”, the food exchange, link here, 2018


  • Keynote speaker, VCE Business Forum, La Trobe University, Bendigo, 2017
  • Article, “Meet the maker – stone fruit”, Eatwell Magazine, link here, 2017
  • Speaker, Spring Gardens Expo, Rushworth Spring Gardens, 2017
  • Article, “The ancient art of grafting” Pip Australian Permaculture Magazine, link here, 2017
  • Blog post, “Innovative small farming model developed in Harcourt”, Waller Realty blog, link here, 2017
  • Article, “A Big Country: Turning an orchard into an organic co-op”, ABC Rural News Online, link here, October 2017
  • Article, “Co-operatives in agriculture making a comeback”, NSW Country Hour, ABC Radio, interview about co-operatives in agriculture, link here, 2017
  • Article, “Victorian Government backs organic alliance”, The Weekly Times, link here, 2017
  • Speaker, “Planning a farm co-op”, Food & Fibre Future Directions conference, Bendigo TAFE, 2017
  • Article, “New farming enterprise offered a headstart on Harcourt family’s established land”, Bendigo Advertiser, link here, September 2017
  • Speaker, Outgoing Business of the Year, Mount Alexander Business Awards ceremony, 2017
  • Article, “Sharing organic food-growing knowledge across the Pacific”, ABC Online, interview about hosting international organics delegate, link here, March 2017
  • Article,Bold women of central Victoria share their wish list for change on International Women’s Day”, ABC News Online, link here, March 2017
  • Speaker, Outside the Square event, Bendigo, 2017


  • Speaker, “The link between per-urban farmers and consumers via Farmers Markets”, Urban Agriculture conference, Bendigo, November 2016
  • Article, “Fruit farmers on a mission to boost our backyard bounties”, Megan Backhaus column, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, link here, August 2016
  • Panelist, Selection Committee for Rural Women’s Award Victorian winner, 2016
  • Field day host farm, Soil Health Guide launch and soil workshopNorth Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) Sustainable and Biodiverse Farms Field Day, November 2016


  • Radio interview, “Country Hour”, ABC Radio, interview with Nikolai Beilharz after winning the Victorian Rural Women’s Award, hear the interview here, 2015
  • Article, Australian Fruitgrower Magazine, link here, 2015
  • Keynote speaker, NASAA Industry Conference, Canberra, link here, 2015
  • Speaker, “Farmers using technology”, Local Lives, Global Matters conference, Castlemaine, 2015
  • Article, “Celebrating excellence”, Midland Express, link here, 2015
  • Speaker, Chicks in the Sticks conference, Kyneton, 2015
  • Judge, Rural Ambassador Award, Victorian Show Association, Melton, 2015
  • Keynote speaker, Connecting Rural Business Women conference, Beechworth, 2015
  • Article, “Two hot topics on the one bill”, Midland Express, link here, 2015
  • Interview, Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? Debate between Dr Ian Musgrove and Katie Finlay, ABC Rural Radio, link here, June 2015
  • Article, “Primary passion”, The Southern Farmer Newspaper, link here, May 2015
  • Panelist, “The Great Debate: is organics a fad or the future of farming?”, Ausveg National Horticultural Convention, 2015
  • Article, “Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens at Harcourt Back from the Brink”, Weekly Times, link here, 2015


  • Video, “Waste Deep”, made by Sustainable Table – watch the video here, 2014
  • Article, Midland Express, about our involvement in the local sustainable food system, link here, 2014.
  • Article, Bendigo Advertiser, “Warm in the Orchard”, link here, 2014.
  • Article, Midland Express, “Sustaining a Community”, link here, 2014.
  • Farm visit by leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne, and article about the visit in the Midland Express, link here,
  • Article, “Love for the Land Runs Deep”, in the Finding Neverland series of articles, Bendigo Magazine, Issue 33, Summer 2013/14.
  • Case study, “Many Publics. Participation Inventiveness and Change” report by Kate Auty, the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria (read the report at: 2012
  • Web article, “Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labours”, Cultivating community website, 2012
  • Keynote session speaker,Growers and Eaters Conference, Bendigo, 2012
  • Panel speaker, Get the Dirt on Food Security, Northcote, 2011
  • Article, Australian Horticulture magazine, 2011
  • Article, Good Fruit and Vegetables magazine, 2011
  • Video case study, FarmVIEW video series about farming in a changing environment: Watch video here. (ep 2.1 ‘Climate and Planning’), 2010
  • Featured speakers, Organic Agriculture Association Future Farming conference, Bairnsdale, 2010

Find Out The 10 MUST-KNOW Steps to Growing Nutritious Fruit You’ll Feel Proud of, Without Using Any Toxic Chemicals, by downloading this free ebook (normally worth $19.95)

Are you dreaming of growing your own fruit to help create the lifestyle you want? Or maybe you already have fruit trees and know how amazing it feels to eat yummy sun-ripened fruit from your own garden (so much better than shop-bought).

But if you’re like the thousands of gardeners we’ve spoken to, you worry about problems with your trees like pruning, pests and diseases (but don’t want to use chemicals).

Our free ebook will give you answers about all the topics that will help improve your fruit growing.

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