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nothing better," he said, surveying
ectares of integrated pest manage-
ndly royal galas, pink lady, granny
undowners and alvina galas at
makes a point of getting the Kester
he market, selling into Adelaide and
e, taking his produce to farmers'
nd field days in a specially-designed
d value-adding through The Veg
s family's retail outlet at Naracoorte
ark's brother Andrew and sister Judy
-- and specialist fruit shops.
t planted 4ha on the property in
anding gradually and taking advan-
e 'isolated' locality to limit chemical
advice from adviser Marcel Veens,
sults widely to horticultural enter-
prises throughout Australia, the newer
orchards have been set up in 3.5-metre rows
by 1m spacings (dwarfing rootstock). Older
plantings are on vigorous rootstock at
4mx2m. Lucerne and ryegrass are grown
inter-row and slashed.
Irrigation via microsprays comes from high-
quality underground water.
Mark has also established trellising to cater
for full netting and drip -- if he decides at a
later date to go down that path to gain more
control over the vagaries of weather (hail) and
While only about 3 per cent of the apples
are sold through The Veg Shed -- which
sources a range of local fruit and vegetables --
it provides a 'showroom' for the quality apples
for which Kester's is renowned.
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Kester's Apples van is
a familiar site at field
days and farmers'
markets in the SE.
action drives Kester's Apples
Mark aims to producde for the
quality end of the market.
Natural gems draw
Andrew Kester, who runs the Veg Shed with his sister Judy Johnson.
Trellised orchards are set up for full netting and
The Kesters' retail outlet -- The Veg Shed.
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