Spirits Not Dampened at National Field Day
It was a wet day and the last day of term, but that didn’t do much to discourage over 200 year 12 and 13 pupils that made it to the Showgrounds in Hastings last Friday for the National Horticultural Field Day.
The Field Day, encompassing careers and trade, is designed to be a showcase for the whole industry. It was a good day for youngsters to learn about the many different and fantastic career options in horticulture.
From hearing what other young people had to say about their career paths both to and within hort, to seeing the industries they could go into for themselves, there certainly was a lot for the students to take in. Questions abounded, and the general tone of the event was one of discovery.
Aside from the trade and career displays, of which there were many, the Young Grower of the Year competition was running as well, just across Showgrounds. For those who braved the rain, they could see first-hand what a hort career could entail, and the potential our industry has. While some aspects of the event aren’t really designed for spectators, there was still a fairly omnipresent crowd in the hall, and laughter and words of encouragement abounded.
Overall, despite the weather, the field day was an excellent showcase of the potential and opportunities available in our dynamic, growing industry.