Earlier this month eight talented young fruit growers competed in the 16th Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition and thanks to the calibre of the contestants, some great weather and meticulous planning, the event was a huge success. My sincere thanks to everyone who contributed in some way including those who came along to support the contestants. We look forward to supporting our winner, Regan Judd as he moves onto the National Young Grower finals for the 2nd time following his win of the 2019 competition. Good luck Regan, I know you will be prepared for whatever challenges you might face in Wellington. The HBFA executive believe this is an important event for our local industry and we remain committed to nurturing and continuing to develop the competition to create the best possible experience for contestants. Next year promises to be better again.
Having spent 13 year’s happily residing in FruitFeds’ building on Maraeakakaho Road, next week HBFA will be packing up the office and making a move to the NZAPI building on Eastbourne Street West. Thank you FruitFed for your ongoing support and providing the Association with this space for many years! We also look forward to the opportunity of working more closely with NZAPI on issues of significance to our members- our thanks to NZAPI for making this space available to the Association. Our new contact details can be found in the footer of this email.
With orchard redevelopment now underway across the region, a reminder to all growers to please pay attention to the council rules for outdoor fires and follow best practice at all times. Whilst the majority act responsibly, it is up to all growers to call-out those who put our reputation at risk.
Nga mihi nui