On 27 February 2020, 52 visitors gathered at Ambrosia Nursery in Prebbleton (south west of Christchurch). Ambrosia’s attention to detail was evident in the spotless presentation of the nursery, and processes designed with staff in mind.
The pot lifter has been a great time-saver and saved sore backs in the nursery. Pots are lifted and brought back into the production shed, where staff can work on them at a comfortable height, weeding, feeding and trimming plants to shape. The hedge trimmer mounted on a purposely designed frame was another great example of this.
Attendees also heard from consultant Sarah Watson on the business benefits of LEAN farming processes and enjoyed a presentation from NZ Plant Producers chief executive Matthew Dolan, with the latest updates on the industry's relationships with government. This was followed by robust feedback on NZPPI issues.
Food and refreshments were provided by Chris & Ellie Kitson.
Thanks to both hosts and their teams for putting on an excellent and edifying event, with informative speakers and great hospitality.