THE BOP YOUNG FRUIT GROWER
2020 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Competition
Contestant and sponsorship applications now open! See below for details…..
The Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition is an annual and highly anticipated event. It recognises some of the horticulture industry’s finest young future leaders from the Bay of Plenty and more recently from the Northland region.
Once again, we are partnering with the Te Puke A&P Show to deliver of the biggest horticultural events of the year. This high-profile event runs from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 8 February at the Te Puke Showgrounds and is followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday 12 February at Trustpower Baypark in Mount Maunganui. The winner of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower goes forward to the national final of the NZ Young Fruit Grower on 26-27 August 2020 in Wellington. While at the final, the winner of the NZ Young Fruit Grower also competes against the NZ Young Vegetable Grower for the national title of Young Grower of the Year 2020.
Thinking of Entering Next Year’s Competition?
Check out what 2019’s Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower winner, Alex Ashe, has to say about his experience…
Tell us about your experience participating in the 2019 BOP Young Fruit Grower competition?
The BOP Young Fruit Grower competition was a stimulating experience, testing both my practical and theory based skills in horticulture. From tractor driving, fertiliser identification, biosecurity to planting an avocado; the challenges were diverse and exciting. The competition personally encouraged me to explore different aspects of the industry and develop new skills that will prove to be incredibly useful in future endeavors.
What do contestants get out of this event?
The opportunity to network and interact with other aspiring young individuals and experienced industry members who are more than happy to provide advice and share knowledge. Learning new skills in a supportive manner, such as speaking in front of audiences in which a speech coach is provided to help prepare if required. The entire experience is supportive and encouraging.
Why is this event important to the industry?
This event is incredibly important to the industry as it promotes the upskilling and continuous improvement of young individuals. With labour pressures increasing, we need to be encouraging more young people to take up a career in horticulture.
What would you say to someone that is considering entering this competition?
If you’re wanting to learn new skills, meet a variety of like-minded people, definitely get involved, you won’t regret it.