Kym Green is a fifth-generation fruit producer from South Australia, who started down the biological path in 2000 and incorporated biodynamic farming practices in 2005.
Kym was a Nuffield scholar in 1993 to look at high density apple and cherry systems in Europe and North America. A second Nuffield scholarship in 2013 was used to attend, an advanced soil health workshop in northern New South Wales, and the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) annual conference in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Kym says attending the Canadian conference opened his eyes to the powerhouse North American fruit industry. Attending the IFTA conference helped Kym understand the need to grow newer and better fruit varieties.
Kym was also able to use his fellowship award to travel to an Advanced Soil Health course in Kyogle, in northern NSW, during which his appreciation for the importance of healthy soils was reinforced.
It’s all about understanding what us needed to increase production and quality while also increasing soil organic matter and therefore improving soil health. While traditionally in his area farmed soils can be down around 1 to 1.5 per cent organic matter, he been able to get some of his organic matter up to 6.5 per cent. The organic matter is critical to better soil moisture and to hang on to your nutrition.
Kym lost forty percent of his trees in the recent bushfire in South Australia. Since then Kym has been working to restore his orchard after this devastating event.