Tietjen takes top young grower prize

Horticulture skills on the line.

Horticulture skills on the line.

Bushmere citrus and grape grower Sam Tietjen was last night named the Young Grower of the Year after a testing day-long competition that attracted nine young horticulturists from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. They were examined on everything from farm management, to fruit maturity, chemicals and practical things like changing a tractor tyre, as Sam is doing here. Picture by Strike Photography
NAILED: Contestant Aimee Lister puts a pallet together under the watchful eye of Tim Egan. Picture by Liam Clayton
PUMPED: Contestant Cody Clarke fits a tractor tyre in one of the tests at yesterday’s Young Grower of the Year competition. Picture by Liam Clayton
The winners are pictured together last night. From left, third placegetter Jacob Harrison, who works for Eastern Bay orchards, Sam Tietjen and runner-up Roy Johnson, who works for De Costa Enterprises as an orchard supervisor. Picture by Strike Photography

Sam Tietjen from Bushmere, who recently took over management of the family grape and citrus orchard, emerged the winner of the Gisborne-Tairawhiti Young Grower of the Year horticulture competition last night.

The nine contestants were tested yesterday at Kaiaponi Farm in a variety of horticulture-related modules and then spoke at the awards presentation dinner at The Vines restaurant last night.

The speech topic was “What makes Gisborne such a good place to grow fruit.”

The competitors were tested on business and labour management, pests and diseases, fruit maturity and chemicals, with some practical tests thrown in.

Sam Tietjen from Bushmere, who recently took over management of the family grape and citrus orchard, emerged the winner of the Gisborne-Tairawhiti Young Grower of the Year horticulture competition last night.

The nine contestants were tested yesterday at Kaiaponi Farm in a variety of horticulture-related modules and then spoke at the awards presentation dinner at The Vines restaurant last night.

The speech topic was “What makes Gisborne such a good place to grow fruit.”

The competitors were tested on business and labour management, pests and diseases, fruit maturity and chemicals, with some practical tests thrown in.

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