“How to Feel Like a Fruit Tree Expert in Just One Year”

The 5 Key Steps to Success with Fruit Trees

Free webinar with Hugh & Katie Finlay

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Webinar Sessions

Wednesdays
7.30 pm AEDT
(Vic, NSW, Tas)
7.00 pm ACDT (Sth Aust)
6.30 pm AEST (Qld)
4.30 pm AWST (WA)

Thursdays
11.00 am AEDT
(Vic, NSW, Tas)
10.30 am ACDT (Sth Aust)
10.00 am AEST (Qld)
8.00 am AWST (WA)

 

  • Do you have fruit trees—but you don’t get fruit?
  • Are you sick of not feeling confident with your pruning, despite reading lots of books and watching all the videos?
  • Are you confused about watering or feeding your fruit trees?
  • Do you wish you could control pests and diseases without using dangerous chemicals?
  • Do you dream of growing all the delicious, healthy, organic fruit you can eat?

In this FREE webinar you’ll learn:

  •  The 4 key ingredients to build healthy soil—without spending a cent!
  •  How to set up an affordable irrigation system that’s easy to run.
  •  How to (finally) make pruning simple.
  •  The 6 Key Strategies that commercial organic fruit growers use to control pests and diseases.
  •  The little-known method for growing a year’s supply of fruit (with less than 10 trees)

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Hugh and Katie Finlay have been growing organic fruit commercially for almost 20 years. Through drought, flood and everything in between, they’ve successfully harvested a crop every year. They’ve taught hundreds of people how to grow their own fruit and quickly feel like fruit tree experts.

Hugh is the ‘microbe nerd’ on the farm, having trained with Dr Elaine Ingham at the Soil Food Web Institute. In the orchard Hugh looks after nutrition, irrigation, 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 in charge of production and packing on the farm, which includes everything from pruning and grafting the trees through to looking after the pack-house and marketing. 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, and returned to the family farm with Hugh (and their 5 children!).

 

Note: If you are unable to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, it’s still worth registering because after the webinar we will send out a link so you can watch a replay. You’ll still get all the content and questions and answers from the webinar, although you won’t be able to ask any questions as it is only a replay.


 

Media & Awards


Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. September 2017.

Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. September 2017.

Article in ABC News Online about the Alliance and its partners.

Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. July 2017.

Launch of Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. July 2017.

Bendigo Advertiser announcement of the funding for our on-farm alliance.

Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance

Launch of Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. July 2017.

Announcement of the funding for our on-farm alliance.

Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance

Launch of Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. August 2017.

Blog post by Wallers Realty about the innovation that is the alliance.

Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance

Cooperatives in Agriculture. September 2017.

Article on the ABC County Hour about the resurgence of cooperatives in agriculture, including mention of Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens.

Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance. July 2017.

The Ancient Art of Grafting. July 2017.

Co-written article all about grafting fruit trees in PIP magazine

ABC Pacific. March 2017.

Sharing organic food-growing knowledge across the Pacific. March 2017.

Article on ABC radio about the visit we had from Norma Tauiliili from Samoa.

ABC Australia Plus. March 2017.

Sharing organic food-growing knowledge across the Pacific. March 2017.

Article on ABC Australia Plus international radio about the visit we had from Norma Tauiliili from Samoa.

Sustainable and Biodiverse Farms Field Day

Sustainable and Biodiverse Farms Field Day. August 2016.

We were one of the farms presenting our story of innovation, diversification and value adding.

Fruit farmers on a mission

Fruit farmers on a mission to boost our backyard bounties. August 2016.

Article in The Melbourne Age, and Sydney Morning Herald about our heritage apple orchard and Grow Great Fruit program.

A Return to Tradition

A Return to Tradition. December 2015.

Article in Castlemaine Mail about opening new Farm Shop

NASAA Industry Conference. November 2015

Katie was one of the keynote speakers at the NASAA annual conference and AGM in Canberra.

A Return to Tradition

Seeds of career in organics. October 2015.

Story about our intern Victoria Meyer starting her career in organic growing

Two hot topics on the one bill

Two hot topics on the one bill. August 2015.

Story about Hugh being guest speaker at a public forum on sustainability and climate change in Castlemaine.

A core approach to withstand challenges

A core approach to withstand challenges. August 2015.

General story about our journey.

The Great Debate, Ausveg National Horticulture Convention

The Great Debate, Ausveg National Horticulture Convention. June 2015.

Radio interview featuring Dr Ian Musgrove and Katie debating whether growing organically is just a fad or the future of farming.

Celebrating excellence

Celebrating excellence. May 2015.

At the 2015 Mount Alexander Business Awards we won “Business of the Year” and “Sustainability and Environment” awards.

Australian Fruitgrower Magazine

Australian Fruitgrower Magazine. May 2015.

Article about MAFG and Katie winning RIRDC award.

ABC Radio: Victoria Country Hour

ABC Radio: Victoria Country Hour. March 2015.

Radio interview with Nikolai Beilharz on ABC ‘The Country Hour’ after winning the Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

Katie wins Victorian Rural Women’s Award

Katie wins Victorian Rural Women’s Award. March 2015.

Katie wins the Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

Love for the Land Runs Deep

Love for the Land Runs Deep. Summer 2013/2014.

Katie’s story of returning to the family farm was told as “Love for the Land Runs Deep”, in the Finding Neverland series of articles, Bendigo Magazine, Issue 33, Summer 2013/14.

Katie wins Victorian Rural Women’s Award

Waste Deep. 2014.

We feature in this short video about waste in the food system, made by the passionate people at Sustainable Table.

Leader of the Australian Greens Visits the Farm

Leader of the Australian Greens Visits the Farm. October 2014.

Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, visited the farm in October 2014.

Sustaining a community

Sustaining a community. August 2014.

An article about us and sustainable farming.

Warm in the Orchard

Warm in the Orchard. May 2014.

An article about us in the Bendigo Advertiser about the impact of climate change on fruit growing.

Enjoying the Fruits of our Labours

Enjoying the Fruits of our Labours, 2012.

A story about Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens on the Cultivating Community website.