Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy Brent Wil­cox

The Orchardist - - Biosecurity -

Pukekohe Vegetable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Brent Wil­cox was awarded the Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy at the Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence last month.

Brent is prin­ci­ple of A S Wil­cox and Sons, a fourth gen­er­a­tion owned and op­er­ated fam­ily com­pany.

In pre­sent­ing the tro­phy Hort NZ pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine said Brent was be­ing hon­oured for his out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and men­tor­ing, bal­anced with with his role in one of the most suc­cess­ful vegetable busi­nesses in New Zealand.

He said Brent could lay claim to grow­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers. The past three win­ners of the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year Award have come from the Wil­cox com­pany, in­clud­ing Brent’s son An­drew this year. “This im­pres­sive record is tes­ta­ment to Brent as he fos­ters and grows th­ese peo­ple,” Ju­lian said.

He said Brent en­cour­ages even younger peo­ple with sup­port for ini­tia­tives with lo­cal high schools to give stu­dents an un­der­stand­ing of what’s on of­fer for them should they choose a ca­reer in hor­ti­cul­ture.

As pres­i­dent of the PVGA Brent has ad­vo­cated for grow­ers on key land and wa­ter ac­cess is­sues. Ju­lian said he is a nat­u­ral col­lab­o­ra­tor and sees the value of a united front of prod­uct groups and ru­ral ad­vo­cacy bod­ies on the big is­sues, such as re­source man­age­ment ap­pli­ca­tions, ur­ban sprawl and ac­cess to wa­ter.

The Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy comes with a $4,000 per­sonal devel­op­ment fund do­nated by the NZ Fruit­grow­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy re­cip­i­ent Brent Wil­cox with Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Nathan Guy (left) and Hort NZ pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine.

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