YOUNG GROWER 2018 TITLE GOES BACK TO THE BAY
Danni, 24, was named the winner after a day-long gauntlet of horticultural challenges, testing her skills and knowledge to the limits. As the regional Bay of Plenty champion, she beat out six other contestants for the title and also secured the national title of Young Fruit Grower of the Year, along with finance, innovation and speech awards.
First runner-up was Lisa Arnold from Hawke’s Bay, while third place went to Central Otago’s Hamish Darling.
Alongside the practical and business modules, the contestants took part in a leadership panel discussion on sustainability and delivered a speech to an awards dinner attended by over 200 people, where they spoke of the future of horticulture as we strive towards a carbon-zero future.
Danni will now go on to compete in the Young Horticulturist of the Year NZ 2018 in November.
South Pacific Seeds with Enza Zaden are very proud Gold sponsors of the Young Grower of the Year and on the day ran the Innovation Module. Also supporting our Young Vegetable Grower winners Gurjant Singh and Esteban Ibanez.