We really value the time and effort Vinea users put into coming up with good ideas for how Vinea could help them even more. Every single site using Vinea has made an important contribution to the evolution on Vinea in the last 6 months – from the office to the field to the pack house.
The last six months has been a very busy time for everyone at Vinea HQ. While our clients were flat out harvesting and then moving on to pruning, the Vinea team were also flat out working on a wide range of enhancements to the system.
To date, we have focused on Vineyards and Orchards but as we have worked with growers and contractors we have seen how Vinea extends beautifully into Gardens, Farms, Groves and even Forests.
With no umbrella term for all of these, we have coined the term ‘growing site’ and there are a range of tasks that are carried out across many of these, from planting to pruning, bud rubbing to harvesting and picking, although the cycles do vary from months for vegetable crops to an entire year for vineyards and orchards and many years for forests.
In Vinea, growing sites – think of vineyards and orchards - consist of blocks and usually these blocks are set out with rows which sometime have ‘bays’. Kiwifruit are grown in bays this way.
Did you know that Kiwifruit seeds first arrived in New Zealand in 1904, brought back from China by Whanganui Girls College headmistress Isabel Fraser. She gave the seeds to Alexander Allison, a Whanganui farmer who is credited with growing the first plants of Chinese gooseberry, as kiwifruit was originally known in New Zealand.
By the 1930’s, Auckland nurseryman Hayward Wright had selected vines that grew large fruit that kept well and had an excellent flavour. He went on to develop the preferred cultivated variety (cultivar) for both growers and consumers. This was named Hayward as a tribute in 1956. By the late 1960s it was the standard cultivar of the kiwifruit export trade.
In China, kiwifruit has several colloquial names, including monkey peach, macaque pear, and vine pear, sun peach and wood berry. Recently, the name strange fruit, an apparent transliteration of the word kiwifruit, has become common in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The number and variety of Vinea ‘sites’ has also been growing and in addition to Vineyards, now includes Orchards (Apples, Pears and Kiwifruit).
Vinea has also moved into the packhouse and winery with our Biometric Attendance Module.