Boomaroo Nurseries is excited to again gather with our Industry partners for Hort Connections 2019. This year’s theme of Growing Our Food Future aligns strongly with our own continued focus on innovation and collaboration.
 
These ideals have driven our approach this Hort Connect and we look forward to sharing these experiences with you.
 
It all starts with our stand. Designed in-house by our own Boomaroo team in conjunction with MAAKE Design, the stand’s modular approach allows for adaptation and reconfiguration, providing an innovative and sustainable solution for multiple industry events.
‘We wanted to showcase Boomaroo’s offering and also create a hub to engage with growers and the broader industry supply chain to discuss the issues that affect us all; with our plants and seedlings providing a perfect calming backdrop. We hope it acts as a refreshing retreat from the surrounding hustle and bustle’, said Nick Jacometti, Director Boomaroo Nurseries.
 
With traceability and sustainability at the forefront of topical industry issues, we are proud to sponsor these key speaker sessions and events.
 
Our industry is only as good as our people. To ensure we continue to attract top talent to the produce and floral industries, we need to highlight the opportunities and careers available across the horticultural supply chain. As part of the PMA A-NZ Careers Program, Boomaroo will bring together leading industry figures from key businesses to explore what these future careers can offer. Boomaroo has collaborated with industry sectors and supply chain partners from NGIA, Woolworths, BASF, E.E Muirs, Elders, Perfection Fresh and Taranto Farms, to help bring this important event to life.
 
Another project we are excited to share with you is the AUSVEG VIC and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation ‘Schools on Farms’ pilot program. This program aims to connect schools to farms, kids to farmers, and local communities to the agriculture industry.
 
The Women in Horticulture event, sponsored by Boomaroo for the second consecutive year, is about recognising the contribution of women in Australian agriculture and developing the next crop of women in horticulture leaders. We want to give our Women the tools and knowledge needed to develop resilience, maintain wellness and rise up the ranks in their careers. We are excited to have Australian zoologist and author Tammie Matson and Josie Thomson, CEO of Wise Advocate Enterprises presenting to our 250 attendees.
 
Boomaroo Nurseries continues to look towards the future, and we are keen to share with you some key developments in our business. At Hort Connect 2019 we will be sharing the story of our latest facility, the Southbrook Nursery in Queensland – dispatching its first plants in recent weeks. This is a world-class development for the Australian vegetable industry and a benchmark in automation for seedling production. Spanning 28,000m2 of automated growing area, including 14,000m2 under greenhouse, this new no-touch operation will be the most advanced and efficient seedling nursery in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
Alongside all of this, we will be launching our latest digital innovation – our new web-based Grower Portal which, as a fully integrated ordering and stock tracking solution for our grower’s, we believe brings a new level of digital customer experience and utility to our growers and an excellent online information source for the industry as a whole
 
Hort Connections 2019 is the premiere event for the horticulture industry and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24-26 June. For more information visit hortconnections.com.au
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