Under the shade of an old oak tree, workers pack apples into wooden cases at Ngatimoti in the lower Motueka River valley, probably in the 1890s. In the background another worker picks apples. Nelson fruit growing was not organised in the 1890s, unlike in Central Otago, where growers had a marketing and transport collective. Apple growing increased in scale after the mid-1890s, but it only began to rival sheep and dairy farming around 1918.
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