Berry farm in move to heal tsunami blues

By ADAM HICKS

THE APN Newspapers Tsuna- mi Appeal will have you eat- ing the blues with an initia- tive by a Wollongbar blueberry farm. Mountain Blue Orchards owner Ridley Bell yesterday said the farm would donate all proceeds from the fruit still on their trees. However, it comes with a catch. Punters have to pick their own blueberries. For the pick-your-own weekend, people can take as many berries as they like for $6 a kilogram, with all funds raised going to the Tsunami Appeal. Mr Bell said the idea came from harvest supervisors Paul Kilroy and David Folwell, who wanted to used their ex- pertise to help those hit by the tsunami.

"The guys just said, 'Why don't we do something with this fruit'. It is the last of the crop and they suggested we invite the public in to do the picking," Mr Bell said. Mr Bell did not think the idea was a plan for his staff to avoid a bit of hard yakka. "I think it's a great idea, and I'm proud of them for their empathy with the vic- tims," Mr Bell said. "This is a problem we've never seen before in our life- time. Fortunately, people have been responding in all sorts of ways. Different people re- sponding at different levels. It has brought out the best in our community." Mr Bell said it would be impossible to say how much fruit remained, but that it was all top quality. The pick-your-own day starts this morning at the Mountain Blue Orchard on the Bruxner Highway, 1.5km east of Macadamia Magic. Staff are volunteering their time to assist pickers.



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