― Brian Carlyle
Zespri Organic Green kiwifruit
Brian's blocks produce about 20,000 trays off 3.5 hectares and he also manages his parent’s orchard which produces about 75,000 Zespri Organic Green kiwifruit trays off 12 hectares.
“I have been in the kiwifruit industry for many years now. I think I was about 8 or 9 years old when I started helping prepare kiwifruit trays in my parents’ pack house during school holidays and weekends. I did a Horticulture course at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic when I finished school. My father then broke his leg and needed help so I started working for my parents. I ended up buying my own small orchard when I was 23. Now I own two orchards and lease one as well as helping manage my parent’s orchards.
My partner Kate and I have a 9 month old baby, Elsie who loves our walks around the orchard which involves pulling off fruit (I think we have lost a few export fruit because of it though)”.
“We enjoy growing Zespri kiwifruit and always look for new ways to improve the fruit we grow and send to our customers”