Tasmanian Government media release - 3 August 2012
A new new e-commerce business will see more than 60 varieties of apple tree grown at Huonville's Grove Heritage Nursery sold throughout Australia.
OAK Tasmania's business - AppleTreesForSale.com.au - will promote Australia's largest collection of heritage apple trees, home to some 800 varieties. The project has seen the relaunch into the marketplace of some apple varieties which were no longer commercially available. Grove Heritage Nursery Manager Mark Robertson said the focus of the new e-commerce business is to give people access to a wide range of apple trees, so that everyone has the opportunity to grow their own orchard at home.
OAK provides employment and certificate training for more than 160 people living with a disability, as well as providing a range of community services such as respite care, supported accommodation, employment pathways and technology training to an additional 219 Tasmanians with special needs.
AppleTreesForSale.com.au also offers planting and propagation hints and tips for the home gardener and a range of dwarf fruit trees that allow people to grow fruit trees that produce full-sized and flavoured fruit on their deck or patio.
Mr Robertson said the income from tree sales will be used to preserve the Grove Heritage Nursery for future generations.