History made as Lisa wins HB Young Fruit Grower title

Fruits of her labour.

Fruits of her labour.

Lisa Arnold has won the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower of the Year title and will go on to contest the Young Grower of the Year national final. Picture supplied

Gisborne woman Lisa Arnold, an orchard operations assistant at Bostock NZ, has emerged victorious against seven other entrants to be named Hawke’s Bay’s Young Fruit Grower of 2018.

The competition took place at the National Horticultural Field Day in Napier.

Entrants did a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test skills needed to run a successful orchard.

Lisa, the first woman to win the Hawke’s Bay event and the first organic winner since 2011, said she was incredibly proud.

“It’s a real privilege to represent young women and organic growers in our industry,” said Lisa.

“I’ll be preparing for the national contest here in Napier in August, and plan on reaching out to different areas of the industry to broaden my horizons before the final.

“I look forward to meeting the other contestants and learning from them.”

Lisa was born in Hastings but moved to Gisborne at the age of nine and lived here until she was 18. Her parents are Graeme Arnold and Bredna Overend.

“From a young age my parents instilled in me a passion for organic growing and sustainability. It has been great to be able to build a career around growing organic apples”

She went to Gisborne Girls’ High School and was the runner-up to dux in 2009.

Before working for Bostock NZ, she studied for a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University.

The competition concluded on Friday night with speeches from the contestants delivered to a gala dinner full of industry members prior to the announcement of Lisa’s win.

Tom Dalziel, foreman at Mr Apple NZ was runner-up, and Anthony Taueki, also a foreman at Mr Apple, was third.

The competition continues to show the quality of young people entering the horticulture industry, says Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association president Lesley Wilson.

“Lisa has a bright future ahead of her, and shows that there is an influx of clever young people into growing.

“Hawke’s Bay prides itself on its fruit and its young people. We just need a few more to meet our labour demands. Tonight, we’ve seen the best of both worlds.

“They really are the best in the Bay.”

Lisa, together with four other Young Fruit Grower regional winners and two Young Vegetable Grower winners, will go on to compete for the 2018 Young Grower of the Year title in Napier on August 21-22.

Gisborne woman Lisa Arnold, an orchard operations assistant at Bostock NZ, has emerged victorious against seven other entrants to be named Hawke’s Bay’s Young Fruit Grower of 2018.

The competition took place at the National Horticultural Field Day in Napier.

Entrants did a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test skills needed to run a successful orchard.

Lisa, the first woman to win the Hawke’s Bay event and the first organic winner since 2011, said she was incredibly proud.

“It’s a real privilege to represent young women and organic growers in our industry,” said Lisa.

“I’ll be preparing for the national contest here in Napier in August, and plan on reaching out to different areas of the industry to broaden my horizons before the final.

“I look forward to meeting the other contestants and learning from them.”

Lisa was born in Hastings but moved to Gisborne at the age of nine and lived here until she was 18. Her parents are Graeme Arnold and Bredna Overend.

“From a young age my parents instilled in me a passion for organic growing and sustainability. It has been great to be able to build a career around growing organic apples”

She went to Gisborne Girls’ High School and was the runner-up to dux in 2009.

Before working for Bostock NZ, she studied for a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University.

The competition concluded on Friday night with speeches from the contestants delivered to a gala dinner full of industry members prior to the announcement of Lisa’s win.

Tom Dalziel, foreman at Mr Apple NZ was runner-up, and Anthony Taueki, also a foreman at Mr Apple, was third.

The competition continues to show the quality of young people entering the horticulture industry, says Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association president Lesley Wilson.

“Lisa has a bright future ahead of her, and shows that there is an influx of clever young people into growing.

“Hawke’s Bay prides itself on its fruit and its young people. We just need a few more to meet our labour demands. Tonight, we’ve seen the best of both worlds.

“They really are the best in the Bay.”

Lisa, together with four other Young Fruit Grower regional winners and two Young Vegetable Grower winners, will go on to compete for the 2018 Young Grower of the Year title in Napier on August 21-22.

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