Gomm to take on NZ young growers

Gisborne’s Young Fruit Grower of the Year Matt Gomm (pictured) will join six others from around the country on Wednesday to vie for the national title. File picture

Gisborne's Matt Gomm, who won the inaugural Gisborne Young Fruit Grower of the Year title recently, lines up next week with six others from around the country to compete for the title — New Zealand’s top young fruit and vegetable grower.

The national event will be staged in Napier next Wednesday. The seven finalists — the most the competition has ever seen — will go head to head at venues along the Napier waterfront.

They will face a gauntlet of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test their knowledge and skills around running a successful growing business.

The other finalists are from the Bay of Plenty, Central Otago, Nelson, Hawke’s Bay, and the two winners from the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower competition.

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. 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.

Horticulture NZ CEO Mike Chapman said the growth of the competition mirrored the growth of the industry.

“Horticulture is both exciting and innovative, attracting some of the best talent in the country — people like these finalists are testaments to that. We always need more eager young people in horticulture, and seeing these outstanding contestants demonstrating the value and scope of the industry will encourage others to consider it as well.”

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.

Gisborne's Matt Gomm, who won the inaugural Gisborne Young Fruit Grower of the Year title recently, lines up next week with six others from around the country to compete for the title — New Zealand’s top young fruit and vegetable grower.

The national event will be staged in Napier next Wednesday. The seven finalists — the most the competition has ever seen — will go head to head at venues along the Napier waterfront.

They will face a gauntlet of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test their knowledge and skills around running a successful growing business.

The other finalists are from the Bay of Plenty, Central Otago, Nelson, Hawke’s Bay, and the two winners from the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower competition.

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. 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.

Horticulture NZ CEO Mike Chapman said the growth of the competition mirrored the growth of the industry.

“Horticulture is both exciting and innovative, attracting some of the best talent in the country — people like these finalists are testaments to that. We always need more eager young people in horticulture, and seeing these outstanding contestants demonstrating the value and scope of the industry will encourage others to consider it as well.”

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.

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