Northland kiwifruit and avocado grower Patrick Malley is the toast of all commercial fruit and vegetable growers in the country today.
Horticulture New Zealand joins with the 5500 growers we represent to celebrate Patrick’s win of the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 award in Auckland last night.
Patrick competed against five finalists from other sectors within New Zealand’s wider horticulture community.
“This is a great result for a dedicated and hard-working young man.
“Horticulture New Zealand works hard to develop and support young growers and this is an excellent win, not just for Patrick but all growers,” HortNZ president Julian Raine says.
Commercial fruit and vegetable growing is often not seen as a high profile career option.
“But the truth is, if you enjoy being your own boss, running your own business and working in one of the country’s fastest growing industries, then like Patrick, you should be giving horticulture a go,” Julian says.