Heatherton grower Rick Butler has been honoured with a 2009 Young Leadership Award in recognition of his contribution to industry.
Rick is a sixth generation Victorian vegetable grower and managing director of Butler Market Gardens and employs 70 staff.
Rick is an active supporter of R&D initiatives and has represented the interests of Victorian vegetable growers on the National Vegetable R&D Production Advisory Group since 2007.
Also in 2007, Rick received a State Government Grant to design and build a vegetable washing system that continues to save up to 80,000 litres of potable drinking water each day.
Each year Rick offers summer positions to high school graduates. The students learn about our vegetable industry and how fresh food is grown and supplied before they go on to University.
Congratulations Rick !
Source : Horticulture Australia – 18 Nov 2009