Tolsons’ Avocado Farm and Norco Rural - A Great Partnership
The sleepy little town of Stuarts Point is located midway between Sydney and Brisbane on the Macleay Valley Coastline but unlike many small coastal towns, Stuarts Point is a hive of productivity. It is also the home of
Ian and Alison Tolson planted their first Avocado’s in 2005 and since then their land holding has grown, as has the business. To date the Tolson farm covers 125 hectares, consisting of 56 hectares in full production, 12 hectares first time product, 32 hectares yet to produce and the remaining 25 hectares
In 2012 it was opportune for them to purchase the packing facility that they had been leasing. There was also a Norco Rural depot attached to the building which the Tolsons’ saw as an opportunity to value add for their growers. It was a complete package where their growers could purchase products and materials such as fertilisers, sprays etc plus products for pet owners, the home gardeners and hardware supplies; this now filled a void that the town had been lacking previously.
Packing and marketing facility and Norco Rural Store depot are very much interconnecting businesses that the Tolsons’ have built.
An extension to the building of two additional cool-rooms, an addition to the existing packing line and another box erecting machine has given them the room to accommodate the growth of their production line.
Having the ability to source fruit from different areas guarantees continual supply for the peak season that is from June through to October. With the increase in supply from the Tolson orchard/farm and the additional growers’