• Community moves to help growers

    CHERRY PICK: Indigo communities are being encouraged to support Beechworth and Stanley orchardists as this year’s cherry crop comes to a peak. The impact of damaging hail in mid-November has been hard-felt by some growers, while others were fortunate to escape the storm’s brunt. Peter Chamberyon and other orchardists have fine cherries available to pick on-farm and the sought-after fruit is also available in produce sheds, retail stores and roadside stalls. See story page 2. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

    INDIGO Hills’ communities are being encouraged to swing in and support Beechworth and Stanley orchardists in the wake of damaging hail to cherry and other horticultural crops last month.
    The Chamberyon family at Stanley and Powell family at Hurdle Flat have sustained cherry losses and bruising and there are also concerns about the mid-November storm’s impact on swelling, young apples around Stanley.
    Peter Chamberyon said on Monday that his Europa Gully orchard, which grows on land that has been in his family for 130 years, would survive but the hail damage to established trees had been significant.
    He said that in the storm’s aftermath ice had piled about 60 centimetres high near a raspberry trellis that separates his cherry and apple blocks.
    “Financially we’ll be okay but its had a big impact on the fruit,” Mr Chamberyon said.
    Erin Powell said she expected that she and her husband, Tom, had lost between three and four tonnes of cherries in the storm when the fruit on trees in one block had been completely destroyed.

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