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Dr Don McKenzie Award 2023 Recipients: Bob and Ann Phillips


Nomination for Don McKenzie award, awarded annually to a member who has made a ‘significant contribution to Tree Crops.’ Nominating Branch: Waikato Bob and Ann have been long time members, and invested time, effort and love into local Nelson Branch and at a national level. The current membership system only goes back to 1988, so finding a date that Bob and Ann joined was difficult. The best we can tell is that they joined in 1986, when there was a three day visit to Marlborough by Nelson branch. And even from that date they were enthusiastic, helpful and generous members, [...]

Dr Don McKenzie Award 2023 Recipients: Bob and Ann Phillips2023-05-26T05:53:57+12:00

Dick Roberts Photo Competition Winners 2023


The annual Tree Crops photo competition in memory of professional photographer and dedicated tree cropper Dick Roberts was presented at the 2023 NZTCA Conference in Otaki. Congratulations to Linda Stopforth (Wellington-Horowhenua) for taking both 1st and 3rd placings and to Annette Ah Chee (Waikato) for runner up. National president David Whyte presents Linda Stopforth with Dick Roberts trophy. Forming Medlar Fruit - 1st Linda Stopforth of Wellington-Horowhenua Australian bush tucker in NZ - 2nd Annette Ah Chee of Waikato Ladybird on hazelnuts - 3rd Linda Stopforth of Wellington-Horowhenua

Dick Roberts Photo Competition Winners 20232023-03-31T11:55:58+13:00

TreeCropper 113


​ Contents 2  From the editor 3  President’s report 5  Your emails 6  Elderslie Estate 12 Forage fodder 17 Robb's field trip 20 Chestnut timber, truffles & extraction 25 Jim Dunckley Heritage Orchard 27 Apple varieties to grow 30 Table grapes 36 Index 38  New dragonfruit varieties 39  Pips & Pieces

TreeCropper 1132023-03-13T16:49:55+13:00

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – less familiar currants


By Anna-Marie Barnes This article was originally published on Most Kiwis are familiar with blackcurrants – those pungent, tart, vitamin C and antioxidant-loaded black spheres (even if it is via over-sweetened Ribena drinks consumed as a child). Blackcurrants are cold-hardy and prolific, ripe about now in mid-December, and certainly worth having in the garden for cooked desserts, cordials and preserves – though in my experience, only the toughest of the tough can eat mouth-puckering blackcurrants fresh in any great quantity. Did you know that blackcurrants have some lesser-known relatives which are much milder on the palate and can even [...]

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – less familiar currants2023-02-15T14:28:49+13:00

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Feijoas


By Anna-Marie Barnes This article was originally published on I’m pretty sure kiwifruit takes centre stage as New Zealand’s national fruit, but I reckon the feijoa runs a very close second. Supermarket shelves, greengrocers’ bins and roadside stalls are bursting with these fragrant green grenades in autumn, not to mention the many hundreds more littering lawns throughout the nation. You either love or hate the floral-medicinal flavour of these fruits, although like olives, capers and anchovies, an acquired taste can develop over time. My Mum never partook in the feijoa frenzy when I was a child, but during the [...]

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Feijoas2023-02-15T14:38:02+13:00

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Apricots: Summer’s Gold


By Anna-Marie Barnes This article was originally published on I have a busy weekend ahead of me – my first case of apricots has arrived from Central Otago and predictably, the mercury is still hovering around 29°C at 4.30 pm. I’ll be spending most of my weekend in the kitchen, engulfed in a cloud of steam, with a sticky bench and even stickier complexion. Is it worth it? Absolutely. In the depths of winter, nothing can brighten a dull day better than the glow of bottled apricots with your morning cereal, a tubful tucked into a packed lunch or [...]

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Apricots: Summer’s Gold2023-02-15T14:37:41+13:00

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Notable plums


By Anna-Marie Barnes This article was originally published on I spent a good chunk of my summer break up a ladder and on the carport roof picking plums and lowering laden buckets down via a rope to my parents, waiting expectantly below. It’s become somewhat of a ritual and we make deliveries of bags and boxfuls around the neighbourhood afterward, as there is far more fruit than we can handle. The trees are seedlings, resulting from stones hurled out the back door and into the undergrowth in summers past. We’ve ended up with an Omega-like wannabe that’s ripe in [...]

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Notable plums2023-02-15T14:38:20+13:00

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – A peach by any other name


By Anna-Marie Barnes This article was originally published on The dark red, velvet-skinned, late season peach beloved of many a Kiwi has recently undergone a name update, bringing it firmly in to the 21st century. Sanguine peach, blood peach, Pêche de Vigne (peach of the grapevine; vineyard peach) or simply, as I heard recently – purple peach – call it what you may, this fruit holds a special place in the hearts of countless New Zealanders. I’d like to contribute a suggestion of my own – given this fruit’s ability to produce quick-maturing trees that come reasonably true from [...]

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – A peach by any other name2023-02-15T14:38:39+13:00

TreeCropper 112


​ Contents 2 From the editor 4  President’sreport 5  New committee member 6  Aloe vera gel & grafting 7  Ale vera gel & root cuttings 8  Fruit hard pressed 9  Villageagrarians 11 Recreate NZ 14 Processing unusual crops 20  Africanolive 21  Ficuselastica 24 NZTCA Conference 2023 28 stamen cordial 30 Green Earth Food Forest 32  Mashua 33  Country Calendar croppers 34  BaxterMosey-Reid 37 Canistel 40 GoldenBayAvocados 45 Ice cream trees 47 Pips & Pieces

TreeCropper 1122023-01-10T16:49:51+13:00
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