Plant producers from Marlborough and Nelson met at Ormond Nurseries in Grovetown in October 2019 for Marlborough's first NZPPI SHED meeting.
The afternoon was an opportunity to learn from each other and check out Ormond’s very impressive grape vine operation (on the very last day of grafting).The 25 attendees also heard from consultant Sarah Watson on the business benefits of LEAN farming processes. Sarah has worked with dairy farmers to simplify work processes, and many of the nurseries at the Shed Meeting quickly found ways to simplify their own work.
Finally, the group enjoyed a 45-minute presentation from NZ Plant Producers chief executive Matthew Dolan, with the latest updates on the industry’s relationship with government. Matthew’s comprehensive presentation covered legislation, industry qualifications, 1 Billion Trees, and plant imports, and was followed by a healthy discussion on industry issues.
Thanks to hosts Ben Wickham and the Ormond Nurseries team, who provided an informative day, a great lunch, and seamlessly handled a power cut during the afternoon.