Heather Feetham wins Pukekohe Young Grower competition
Heather Feetham won the 2021 Pukekohe Young Grower competition.
The 25-year-old production manager of T&G Fresh said she was “shocked and proud” of her victory.
âThe fact that I am the first woman to win the Pukekohe competition is an added bonus,â she said.
Four candidates took part in the competition. They were tested on their knowledge of growing vegetables and fruits, as well as the skills needed to be successful.
Participants completed modules on Marketing, Compliance, Pest and Disease Identification, Safe Tractor Operation, Health and Safety, Soil and Fertilizer, Irrigation, and Quality Control.
Feetham said she had fun and learned a lot throughout all of the modules, and the competition was fierce.
“I really want to thank the other competitors [they] were exceptional and I faced a really tough competition. “
Feetham will represent the growing community of Pukekohe at the Young Producer of the Year National Final in Wellington on September 22-23, where six other regional finalists will vie for their share of the $ 30,000 in prizes.
She said she was excited about the final.
“It will take a lot of preparation to prepare myself, but I will try to make the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association proud and represent the region well.”
Horticulture New Zealand President Barry O’Neil said the Young Grower competition is playing an important role in supporting the next generation of growers and leaders.
âWith the rapid pace of change and the challenges facing the industry, we need to support these talented young growers … people like Heather are showing that the future of the industry is in good hands,â he said. -he declares.
The competition showcased some of the best talent in the industry and was an opportunity to celebrate their success and support emerging talent in the industry, O’Neil said.