July 23-25, Christchurch

New Zealand: Growers tell their story at Horticulture Conference

The Horticulture Conference will be held at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch from 23 to 25 July. The theme this year is ‘Our Food Story’, with the sessions tracing that story from the commercial vegetable gardens and fruit orchards, all the way through to the consumer.

If you’re undecided on whether or not to attend, here are five reasons to come along:
  1. Innovative Growers: The formal conference sessions begin on Tuesday, with iconic growers telling their unique stories. Their session will link back to the field trips on Monday, where Canterbury innovation will be on show. Both the bus trips and the grower sessions are a must for growers who want to think about what they are doing and what they can do differently to meet future challenges. There are also technical and research reporting sessions for vegetable growers on day one, which will be of interest to all growers.
  2. Meeting Compliance: Two very compelling sessions focused on the constraints on growing and looking to a post-pesticide spraying future will follow. Robotics and labour issues will also be addressed, in a succeeding session dealing with current labour supply challenges and how we might resolve these in the future.
  3. Future Diversity: The second day will begin with a breakfast session about strategies and initiatives for woman in horticulture, to identify what we as an industry need to do to develop the diversity we need.
  4. Distribution Keys: Distributors and supermarkets will come under scrutiny for delegates to further develop their understanding of how to get the best out for the distribution of their product.
  5. Satisfying Consumers: That which is grown has to meet the ever-growing demands of consumers so that a premium price can be secured and sales repeated at that premium price. The final conference session will unlock the secrets of how to do this successfully, bringing to an end the conference, and to Our Food Story.
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