Young Growers from around NZ battle it out


Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Danni van der Heijden, technical representative at Avoca. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Danni van der Heijden Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Dillon Peterson, orchard hand at Hoddy’s Fruit Co. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Dillon Peterson Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2018 (1st equal) - Esteban Ibanez, production agronomist at Leaderbrand South Island. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2018 (1st equal) - Gurjant Singh, assistant grower at T&G. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Gurjant Singh Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Central Otago Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Hamish Darling, horticulturalist at Moorpark Orchard. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Hamish Darling Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Lisa Arnold, orchard operations assistant at Bostock New Zealand. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Lisa Arnold Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Gisborne Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Matt Gomm, orchard leader at Burnside Trust. Young Growers from around NZ battle it out
Young Growers from around NZ battle it out Matt Gomm Young Growers from around NZ battle it out

The biggest field of finalists ever to participate in the Young Grower of the Year will battle it out for top honours in Napier on 22 August

New Zealand’s top young fruit and vegetable growers vie for the prestigious title and go head to head at venues along the Napier waterfront. The practical and theoretical challenges are designed to test their knowledge and skills around running a successful growing business.

The winner will go on to represent the fruit and vegetable sectors at the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, where they will compete for their share of $40,000 worth of prizes.

During the day, finalists will rotate their way through four business and four practical activities. In the afternoon, they will take part in the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Leadership Panel to give their views on a contemporary leadership issue. Spectators are welcome to attend all events.

The final test will be delivering a speech in front of the judges at an awards dinner. For those who cannot attend, both the panel and speeches will be livestreamed on the Horticulture New Zealand YouTube channel.

2018 Young Growers finalists

  • Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Danni van der Heijden, technical representative at Avoca.
  • New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2018 (1st equal) - Esteban Ibanez, production agronomist at Leaderbrand South Island.
  • New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2018 (1st equal) - Gurjant Singh, assistant grower at T&G.
  • Central Otago Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Hamish Darling, horticulturalist at Moorpark Orchard.
  • Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Dillon Peterson, orchard hand at Hoddy’s Fruit Co.
  • Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Lisa Arnold, orchard operations assistant at Bostock New Zealand.
  • Gisborne Young Fruit Grower 2018 - Matt Gomm, orchard leader at Burnside Trust.

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