Hinton Orchard supervisor Luke Bottriell was delighted when he was named Central Otago Apprentice of the Year in the eighth annual Central Otago Awards in Roxburgh earlier this month.
Luke, who is studying for a certificate in horticulture through the Otago Polytechnic Central Otago campus online, hopes to continue on to a degree. He works for Howie and Sarah Hinton, who own three orchards on 280ha, and was described during the presentation as a ''fantastic role model, with enthusiasm and an excellent work ethic''.
He has been with the Hinton family for about two years and has learned to do almost everything associated with running an orchard, even a little bit of marketing, which he enjoyed. He also works alongside the tourists who pick fruit in the summer, and with the Vanuatuans who work on the orchard.
'The Hintons teach me, and then let me learn from my own mistakes,'' Luke says.
Expiry: 09 Oct 2017