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"Borrodell", Orange
30 Apr 2012
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Borry & Gaye Gartrell operate 'Borrodell’ in the Towac Valley near Orange NSW. The 110 acre property is located on the fertile footslopes of Mount Canobolas. Daughter, Lusia runs the on-farm restaurant, and son Andrew markets the fruit. When Borry was 26 years old, he bought the property, establishing a cherry, apple, plum orchard, vineyard and trufferie. Since then, he has earned a reputation as a visionary and innovative man,and often takes a very different view to conservative farming. When Borry first purchased the property, it was in a state of disrepair. All of Borry’s horticultural areas are now well protected by sod culture, and soil-damaging cultivation is a thing of the past. Water percolates off the well-vegetated slopes, and eventually flows into a reed bed wetland before entering Lake Canobolas. Borry lived through the era where ‘chemical farming was king’, but now applies a holistic approach to his crop protection and disease control. Around 20 percent of the property is dedicated to native vegetation and conservation for native animals and birds refugia. Many of hisearlier plantings are now mature trees, and Borry firmly believes that conservation and production can coexist.

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Education Environment Recovery Rural/Regional Borry Farming Gartrell Horticulture Orange Value-add Viticulture
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