Apr 7, 2024
New Zealand Farm Environment Trust
Forest Lodge Orchard takes two titles at Otago Farm Environment Awards

Forest Lodge Orchard has taken out the Norwood Farming Efficiency Award and the NZFET Innovation Award at the Otago Farm Environment Awards. "Technology and sustainability are the hallmarks of this Cromwell orchard that has grown its harvest exponentially since being developed from bare ground in 2019 ... Right from the start, owners ​​Mike and Rebecca Casey, and Euan and Rachel White have been striving to electrify all orchard methods and equipment – a goal they have achieved. They have an electric tractor, have electrified the orchard’s irrigation pump, i​nstalled New Zealand’s first electric frost–fighting fans and are developing ​​​an electric​ foliage​ sprayer​.​ In 2022, they set themselves a challenge of going completely fossil-fuel-free in the orchard. This will potentially save about​ $50k per year in energy bills ​and continues to drive greater creativity in finding or developing alternative approaches."

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