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Better late than never

After university and a spell in Australia, Mark Booth has come home to the Central Otago family farming operation. Terry Brosnahan reports. Mark Booth came to sheep farming later than most but is quickly making up for lost time. Armed with a degree which was good for designing new fridges, but not farming, he started working full-time on the family farm ... Read More »

Meet the Meat Maiden

Food blogger and Come Dine With Me favourite, Kimberly Mayhead, spends office hours at a slaughterhouse. The 27-year-old Hawke’s Bay farm girl is Auckland Meat Processors’ (AMP) quality assurance adviser, and she loves the meat industry. “What I want to do is promote something I’m passionate about, that I know lots about, and that we as New Zealanders should be really proud to produce. It’s our commodity and no one ... Read More »


Reuben Carter’s choice of the word “hurricane” for both his email address and sheep stud name couldn’t be more appropriate. In his 31 years he’s been through three careers – as a fitter and turner, a tractor mechanic and now agronomist. He was runner-up in the 2014 Young Farmer of the Year competition, has just completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership ... Read More »

Blue sky venture

Former police officer Paul Grayson hopes his venture flying unmanned aircraft will create a new career that will also let him continue helping people in need. Leaving your childhood dream job after 13 years to start a new venture is a nerve-wracking move but that’s what Paul Grayson did. It was a decision he says required a lot of guts ... Read More »

Engaging in equity

While working towards owning their own farm, Tom and Amanda Bowie have entered an equity partnership with George and Sarah Tatham to grow their equity. Rebecca Harper talked to them about how their engagement turned into a marriage of equity. Entering an equity partnership is a bit like getting married and, for young Wairarapa couple Tom and Amanda Bowie, finding ... Read More »

Climbing the ladder

Morgan Rogers travels the globe to negotiate contracts for plant variety rights with apple growers and it all began from humble beginnings of sheer hard labour at the bottom of the ladder. At 31, Morgan already has 17 years work experience in the horticulture industry. Along the way it’s funded his university costs and travel around the world. It began when he was just 14, after his father told him to get a job during his school holidays or start paying rent. Morgan got on his bike and found a job at nearby Waimea Nurseries, doing the physical jobs that are part and parcel of horticulture.

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Soils make sense

A Soils make sense road show is visiting secondary schools encouraging students to consider a career in agriculture or horticulture.

Around the world 2ha of prime horticultural and agricultural soils are covered by the growth of cities every minute.


Susan Stokes


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Pick of the crop

Ben James will be a name to look out for in the orchard world in the future.

That is a big statement, considering he couldn’t get away from it fast enough when he was a teenager.

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Green thumbs

Alex Odering was born with green thumbs and he is putting them to good use.

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Planting the town green

Kelly Jean Kerr loves gardening so much that when Young Country called to chat about her winning the Young Horticulturist of the Year she was spending her day off weeding her garden.

Kelly Jean doesn’t get much time to spend in her own garden - her busy job as a Wanganui garden centre team leader and landscape architect keeps her at work and consulting on other people’s garden dreams and plans.

However, the former Southlander understands the need for green spaces and green life in urban environments and plans to encourage the horticultural industry to embrace and encourage the concept.

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