Updated: Oct 21
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.
Heather Feetham (Pukekohe Young Grower winner) was unable to compete in person due to Auckland being at Alert Level 3. She participated via Zoom in the innovation challenge, and speech competition (part of the 21 October gala dinner).
The competition day was held in accordance with Covid-19 Alert Level 2 protocols.
The seven finalists are:
Jonathan Bates from Nelson
Jordan Carroll from Central Otago
Heather Feetam from Pukekohe (not competing in person)
Melissa van den Heuvel from Bay of Plenty (2020)
Regan Judd from Hawkes Bay
Jamie McIntyre from Gisborne
Bryce Morrison from Bay of Plenty (2021)
To see more coverage of the event, go to the @GrowersofNZ Instagram page.