Purchased by Silas in 2002, Blessed Farm Group is an owner-operated 50-acre property situated in beautiful Whian Whian in Northern NSW. Five acres of cavendish bananas and other small crops were originally grown before switching to avocados, which have been harvested since 2008.
Blessed Farm Group currently has one hundred mature avocado trees and one hundred younger trees, with plans to plant another hundred. The avocado harvest season is between June and October. The yield from one hundred trees is 10 ton, six being 1st-grade and four being 2nd-grade. Blessed Farm is currently replanting a dwarf variety of banana between new rows of avocados as a companion crop. The property also supports cattle – on approximately 35 acres there are around 12 breeders.
By growing the avocados with regular pruning and a variety of ground covers, we have created a system requiring minimal irrigation and no chemicals. All fruit is picked without the use of ladders or elevating machinery. ‘The Tool’ is a fundamental part of this process.