Chislett Farms is a family owned farm with approx 300ha established to citrus, avocados and pistachios, with a further 350ha under development, on their properties at Kenley and Narrung, Victoria, and Goodnight, New South Wales, Australia.
Greg’s father, Norm arrived in Boundary Bend, a short distance from Kenley, in the 1940’s. With two of his brothers, he was involved in setting up a redgum saw mill and at the same time they grew vegetables and began planting citrus trees. These were times of severe drought and war related shortages of materials and equipment. Irrigation water was pumped from the Murray River by a large wood guzzling steam engine and loose rooted nursery trees arrived from Sydney by train. The trees were hand watered from a water cart for the first couple of years, until manual portable sprinkler lines were introduced. Tree spraying was by hand pieces on hoses.
Citrus fruit was harvested into wooden boxes, manually loaded onto trailers and conveyed to the packing shed. Packing was again into handmade wooden boxes and each loaded by hand onto trucks for market. The introduction of the tractor mounted forklift and half tonne bulk bins revolutionised fruit handling in the early 1960’s.
After the sale of the saw mill, Norm bought 16 hectares of land at the confluence of the Murray and Wakool rivers at Kenley in 1959.
Three generations of Chislett’s have seen this modest beginning expand into multiple farms totaling 1584 Ha and a large wholesale container nursery supplying citrus, avocado and pistachio trees to industry.
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