Ralph and Judy Wilson, (along with the Bank), own a small orchard 4 kms north of Batlow. The orchard is mainly apples with some cherries and berries. The majority of the orchard is intensively planted using dwarf rootstocks. The major varieties planted in order of tree numbers are: Pink Lady, Royal and Alvina Gala, Kanzi, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Greenstar, Fuji, Jonathon and Granny smith The orchard is managed under Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles and aims to sustainably enhance the orchard environment.
Judy is a full time teacher at Batlow Central School and also is involved in the business. Wilgro Orchard operates a roadside stall during the picking season and either Judy or Rachel or Ralph are usually manning the stall.
Ralph completed a 3 year Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) after attending school in Wagga Wagga. He then worked for Mountain Maid Foods Co-Operative for six years and the Forestry Commission for a further 5 years.
Ralph has been a board member of Batlow Fruit Co-Operative and was Deputy Chairman (2 years) as well as Chairman (2 years). He has been involved in industry bodies and has travelled extensively looking at apple production, storage, packing and marketing in NZ, USA, SA, UK, Europe, as well as all apple growing states of Australia. Ralph completed a Graduate Diploma of Business (Management) from Monash University in 1996.
Rachel Kent is employed full time to work in the orchard and our Roadside stall. Rachel has previous experience in working on an orchard as well as retail (food) outlets. She brings youth, enthusiasm and experience to our business.
Both Ralph and Judy enjoy living in the beautiful Batlow district and the healthy lifestyle of living and working on Wilgro Orchards. They have a keen interest in our industry and believe that small businesses such as farmers/graziers/horticulturalists, are essential to the country’s survival.
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