Horticulture has been a major influence in shaping the course of my life, right from the time I grew up on a tobacco farm in the Motueka Valley at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
After leaving school a series of agricultural and horticultural pursuits ultimately directed me to tertiary study at Lincoln University in Canterbury where I obtained a Diploma in Horticulture, Diploma in Horticultural Management and finally a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce ( Horticulture).
After a period working as a Farm Advisor for the NZ governmental agency (MAF), the lure of private enterprise saw me develop my own business exporting fresh vegetables and seafood - mainly to the USA and Japan. My purchase of Claridges Organic NZ over a decade ago has seen the company grow and specialise in exporting bulk organic plant powders.
Due to the growing demand from the New Zealand public to buy Claridges Organic NZ food products, I decided to produce a "retail ready" line of New Zealand grown and sourced foods that could be purchased online - hence FoodPlus.
I am vitally interested in science and I never cease to be amazed at the exciting food crops that are being grown right here in New Zealand. FoodPlus, in my opinion, brings some of the best products to market :- grown in New Zealand, packed in New Zealand.
A travel agent once upon a time, my main role in the last few years has been as "administrator" for our family and now, Foodplus. I love being able to work from the home office and the challenge of becoming familiar with all the new technologies available to run a small business has been a steep upward learning curve at times!
I'm a firm believer in eating well and leading an active lifestyle - I think my family would attest to the fact that I "walk the talk"!