Willie Smiths

A 20-year-old Andrew Smith made a deal with his dad?–?I’ll work in the orchard for six months if I can go travelling for the rest of the year.

It wasn’t a typical Aussie backpacking trip. As well as meeting apple growers in Holland, Belgium, Germany and England, Andrew followed his passion for offshore sailing, crewing on a yacht in the Fastnet Race. After returning to Tasmania he travelled to the USA, visiting and talking to orchardists in Wenatchee and Orondo in Washington State.

He returned full of ideas for intensive planting and organic growing. 

We are located in the Huon Valley, Tasmania – one of the most pure and untouched places on earth.

The air in Cape Grim, in north-west Tasmania, has been measured and is officially recognised as the cleanest air in the world. With prevailing winds being westerly, our air is similar and travels over one of the largest expanses of virgin forest wilderness in Australia before reaching the valley.

The valley collects on average 700mm of rain each year. When required, additional water is available to our orchard from the plentiful Mountain River flowing from the Sleeping Beauty mountain range.williesmiths.com.au