Halfords' Orchard – Simon & Kylie Halford

Simon and Kylie Halford's orchard is located in Tollemache Road on the Heretaunga Plains near Hastings, Hawke's Bay. The orchard was first developed in the 1970s and the Halfords have owned and operated the land since 2004.

  • Orchard Name: Halfords' Orchard
  • Owners & Operators: Simon & Kylie Halford
  • Location: Tollemache Road on the Heretaunga Plains near Hastings, Hawke's Bay
  • Size: 00ha
  • Varieties: Royal Gala, Fuji, Pacific Rose, Pacific Queen, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Jugala (Royal Gala variant)

Working Partners

Simon Halford is a managing partner and looks after the day-to-day orchard operations. He manages all aspects of orchard activity from growing and caring for the apple trees, thinning and harvesting, right up until the apples reach the pack-house.
Kylie Halford is a partner in the business and with her finance background takes care of the payroll, accounts, financial analysis, tax and compliance. She is also a director of the Mt Erin Group.

Apple Varieties Grown

Apple varieties grown on the Halfords' Orchard include Royal Gala, Fuji, Pacific Rose, Pacific Queen, Braeburn, Granny Smith and they've recently planted Jugala (a Royal Gala variant). The Halfords have three children who have grown up on the orchard, and all three enjoy lending a hand in the school holidays, particularly during the busy harvest time.

Growing Into The Future

The Halford's are committed to growing only the very best top quality apples; orchard ripened and grown to market demand. Growing their apples on the extremely fertile Heretaunga Plains means their fruit has high brix for sweetness, great firmness for that  crunch, and fantastic colour.
The Halfords have a strong focus on biological farming methods to complement current industry standard growing practices. They staff their orchard with a mixture of local employees, students, backpackers and workers from Vanuatu.
Recent plantings include the Pacific Queen variety planted in 2013, which reached full production in 2017. In 2016 they also planted Jugala (an early maturing Royal Gala variety) and plan to plant more varieties in the coming years.

The Halfords have a strong focus on biological farming methods to complement current industry standard growing practices. They are committed to growing only the very best top quality apples, orchard ripened and grown to market demand.

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