Harvest Moon, a 40-year producer in Tasmania’s far north, has set about trialing avocados. Mark Kable, agricultural director at Harvest Moon, claims avocado growing in such an unfamiliar region was first pioneered by a small hobby farm.
One man started planting avocados as a hobby, and many thought the climate was quite unsuitable for this. However, ignoring conventional ‘wisdom’ that avocados simply wouldn't take in a climate as Tasmania, the pioneer from Western Australia proved that the fruit will indeed take in soil.
With the Tasmanian-grown fruit in hand, Kable and his team decided to plant a few hectares of avocados to see how they would fare in Harvest Moon soil. Fast forward to today and following the success of those initial plantings, the producer is expecting to have 16 hectares of avocados in the ground by Christmas.