Nathan Free – Young Grower Award

Our congratulations go to fourth generation Victorian vegetable farmer Nathan Free (24) from Lake Boga, near Swan Hill.

Nathan was named Young Grower of the Year at the AUSVEG 2014 National Convention and Awards for Excellence held in Cairns on 21st June.

The award is presented to a Grower who demonstrates commitment to the industry, innovation, business acumen and participation in the broader vegetable industry.

Nathan Free - Young Grower Award
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On receiving the award, Nathan said, “The award shows the horticulture industry now welcomes different types of farming. There are a few things we’re doing that are normally outside the box.”

Nathan started growing vegetables when he was 15 and sold them at a roadside stall. He now manages vegetable production and the packhouse at Alkira Organics, Lake Boga, near Swan Hill.

AUSVEG CEO, Richard Mulcahy congratulated Nathan on receiving his award. “Nathan addressed a 2012 Parliamentary Inquiry into attracting youth to the industry and is a supporter of increasing awareness of horticulture as a career option.”

“It is important that we recognize the achievements of young growers to ensure we foster our next generation of leaders,” said Mr Mulcahy.

Other Award winners include :

Grower of the Year – Belinda Adams (Qld)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Silvio Favero (Vic)
Rising Star of the Year – Sam Humphries (SA)
Woman in Horticulture – Melinda Brimblecombe (Qld)
Environmental Award – Colin Houston (Tas)
Industry Leader Award – Ian Muir (Vic)
Industry Impact Award – Mulgowie Farming (Qld)

For more information contact :

Helena Whitman
VGA Executive Manager
0407 772 299

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