2021 finalists from L to R: Jonathan Bates, Melissa van den Heuvel, Bryce Morrison, Jordan Carroll, Jamie McIntyre and Regan Judd. Not pictured, Heather Feetham.
2021 National Final Competition Day Recap
The 2021 Young Grower of the Year national final competition day on Wednesday 20 October was a great success.
The finalists took part in the following modules, which tested their business and practical horticulture knowledge:
Using Excel to Help Compliance, sponsored by Radfords
Innovation, sponsored by South Pacific Seeds
Nutrition and Fertigation, sponsored by Horticentre
Tetris Packaging Challenge, sponsored by Jenkins Freshpac
Pests & Diseases, sponsored by Fruitfed
Moving Safely, sponsored by Eden's Road Fruit and Power Farming.
The competition day was held in accordance with
Covid-19 Alert Level 2 protocols.
of the Year
NZ Young Vegetable Grower
For Professional Development
Since 2007, Horticulture New Zealand has run the annual Young Grower of the Year competition. Young fruit and vegetable growers from around the country compete in regional heats, testing their horticultural skills and knowledge. The winners of the regional competitions then compete in the national final.
Young Grower pushes contestants out of their comfort zone and teaches them valuable new skills along the way. The competition provides exceptional professional development and networking opportunities, providing a massive career boost to all who enter.
Bay of Plenty
Competition: 12 February 2022
Awards dinner: 16 February 2022
Finalist Training Day
21-22 September 2022
21 Sept - Business and Practical modules
22 Sept - Evening awards dinner
Including Ballance Leadership Panel,
followed by dinner & FMG Speech Competition
Key Conditions of Entry
Must be currently working full time in the fruit or vegetable industry in an organisation that is closely associated with growing.
Must be 30 years of age or under as at 31 December.
Three years practical work experience in the industry.
Must be available to compete in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in November on winning the competition.
Must be a New Zealand citizen or hold a current New Zealand residency permit.
See regional entry forms for more details