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O'Reilly's Orchard

O'Reilly's Organic Garden

O’Reilly’s Orchard began life in 1993 when my partner David O’Reilly and I purchased a 40 year old stone fruit garden of around 1500 trees. The initial property investment was made, based on the stunning and relatively clean rural outlook, together with a decent quality underground water supply. It felt like the sort of place we could really enjoy spending our time on. Further spending on a tractor and various tools of trade left us cash strapped but we reasoned we would at least be able to feed ourselves… something that has always been a priority.

During our early years we set about reworking the old trees and grubbing out those that didn’t respond. Along the way we have harvested a great deal of fruit off of these original trees which in turn has financed a replanting program. It was probably about 1998 we made a decision to stay with fruit after looking around at what others were doing… which included pulling out fruit trees and planting vines & olives. Our plantings have increased the diversity of types and varieties and to complement the fruit we have been slowly expanding our summer vegetable garden. Chiefly this has been driven by local consumer demand. I first read about a marketing system of produce called Community Supported Agriculture in the mid 1980’s and it would appear that we have sort of fallen into a similar marketing model.

We never set out with a clear ideal but as our business has grown it has just fallen into place, based on choices made by following our personal values and needs. It is true that small personal experiences with wholesalers and distributors has left me wondering if the conventional distribution system really works for the sometimes smaller boutique and usually more diversified and integrated organic grower.

Mostly through our basic principles we have followed such things as having a sense of healthy purpose, feeling connected to people and participating with them in a positive way.... just doing things that are hopeful whilst delivering on feelings of freedom and spirituality, keeping us connected to Gaia, The Earth Mother.


Fruit Trees:)

Rich Ripe Fruit on the Tree

Freshly Picked Organic Beetroot :)

Freshly Picked Organic Beetroot

Canine Helpers

Our Canine Helpers

Fresh Organic Fruit

Fresh and Organic Fruit

Greenhouse Growing

Greenhouse Growing

Fresh Fruit Picked Ready to go !

At the packing shed



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