Friday, 11 April 2014 15:36

Top young vege grower named

Written by 

BRETT PARKER was crowned the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2014, beating six other competitors at the national competition on Thursday, April 10.

 

Held in Pukekohe, the day-long event saw seven contestants from around New Zealand go head-to-head in a series of theoretical and practical challenges needed to run a successful vegetable growing business.

Parker (26) works at Hinemoa Quality Producers in Pukekawa as an assistant crop manager, and won $1500 cash, $1000 for professional development and a field trip to visit other vegetable producers.

He also won a one-day media and presentation course in Wellington, an all-expenses paid trip to Christchurch to compete for the national 2014 Young Grower of the Year title in August and attendance to the 2015 Horticulture New Zealand Conference.

"I'm glad I got to compete against six other young vegetable growers who really knew their stuff. The level of skill I had to beat was incredible, and we all went above and beyond to showcase the skills you need to be a good grower," says Parker.

"Competing for the Young Grower of the Year title in August will certainly be a step up from this, and I'm definitely going to use the next few months to make sure I'm as prepared as I can be to give it my best shot."

Kiran Hari, co-ordinator of the competition, said "Everyone in this industry knows this event demands a lot from the young growers. They put on a great show and we're all quite excited to keep an eye on them as they progress with their careers".

Andrew Hutchinson (26) from Pukekohe was placed second and Herman Fourie (27) from Mangere was placed third.
The Young Grower of the Year, along with the NZ Young Fruit Grower and NZ Young Vegetable Grower awards, will be announced at an awards dinner on August 15.

The Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2014 was the first regional competition on February 14, followed by the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower 2014 on 10 April in Pukekohe. The Hawke's Bay Young Fruit Grower 2014 competition is set to take place on 5-6 June and the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower 2014 on 18 June.

More like this

Winners and losers

The main beneficiaries of the EU FTA will be kiwifruit, onions, honey, wine and seafood.

Trading challenges for NZ hort

NZ's horticultural exports have risen in dollar terms, but at the same time, percentage wise, the tariffs these incur have dropped by nearly two thirds since 2004.

Hort heads for new heights

Pretty impressive - that's how Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor describes MPI's latest prediction that horticulture exports will hit the record $7 billion mark in 2023.

Featured

Insurance Council urges bold action

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) is urging the Government to take a leadership role on climate adaptation and build New Zealand’s resilience against the impacts of climate change on lives and property.

Draft emissions plan a mixed bag

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) says documents released as part of the Government’s second emissions reduction plan consultation contain some positive elements, but also concerning ones.

Feral cattle wreak havoc

According to John Roche, MPI, the saviour for Chatham Island farmers this season has been the weather.

National

Milk's more than just protein

Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) executive director Kimberly Crewther said that while the Our Land and Water National Science…

Machinery & Products

More efficient jumbo wagons

In a move that will be welcomed by many, Austrian manufacturer Pottinger appears to be following a trend of bringing…

Fieldays' top young innovator

Growing up on a South Waikato sheep and beef farm, Penny Ranger has firsthand experience on the day-to-day challenges.

Claas completes 500,000th machine

Claas is celebrating half a million combine harvesters built since 1936, marking the occasion by building anniversary machines from the…

Donated tractors welcome news

When Cyclone Gabrielle hit in February 2023, it left an estimated $13.5 billion worth of damage across New Zealand.

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Objection!

OPINION: In 2021 a group of prominent academics got ’cancelled’ for daring to oppose changes to the school curriculum that…

Under pressure

OPINION: On top of the rural banking inquiry, several as-yet-unnamed banks are facing a complaint to the Financial Markets Authority…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter