Young Horticulturists Show off their Skills

A diverse group of eight young growers have stepped up to compete for the title of 2021 Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the year. This year's contestants span from Katikati to Opotiki and include one entrant from Pukekohe.

The competition, which also accepts participants from the Northland region, is now in its 14th year of celebrating the young and upcoming leaders of the horticulture industry. Originally planned for February this year, the competition was postponed due to a change in Covid-19 Alert Levels.

The competition day will take place at Mount Maunganui College ground on Thursday, July 22. From 9am to 1pm competitors will be undertaking a range of horticultural related theory tests and practical modules.

Spectators are encouraged to come and support the young growers on the day.

Following the day event, there will be a Gala Dinner and Awards Evening at Zespri International, Mount Manganui, where the young growers will participate in a speech competition, with the final winner announced at the end of the evening’s proceedings.

Contestants will have the opportunity to compete for the title of the 2021 Bay of Plenty Young Grower and additional prizes will be up for grabs for the runners up and the winners of each module.

The 2021 winner receives a media and presentation development course in Auckland and will travel to Wellington to represent the Bay of Plenty in the 2021 national final of the NZ Young Grower in September.

‘’It’s a great promotion of what the horticulture industry has to offer and provides the opportunity for young people to share their passion, knowledge and skills,” commented Melissa van den Heuvel who secured the title of the 2020 Bay of Plenty Young Grower.

“It is also a great way for the younger generation to be empowered, and to promote the industry and opportunities within it to others looking for future careers.”