Kate’s update

Congratulations to the eight contestants who took part in the Central Otago Young Grower of the Year event. The quality of the speeches was very high and it’s clear that all the contestants have a bright future ahead of them. A big congratulations to Webb’s Fruit orchard supervisor, Jacob Coombridge, who was named the Central Otago Young Grower of the Year. Jacob, I’m sure you’ll do us all proud at the National Final on 21 and 22 September in Nelson.


Looking ahead, Summerfruit NZ is arranging a series of Kick The Dirt grower meetings with Ronald Vermeulen in September. They will be held on orchard in Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay and Blenheim. Ronald is from The Netherlands and consults internationally on cherries, working frequently in Argentina and Chile. More details about these meetings will come out soon.


I wish you all a happy Matariki weekend and hope you can take some time for remembrance, celebrating the present and looking to the future.