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Grower Guidance / Northland: Karen Pickford

Northland: Karen Pickford


My involvement with horticulture started in 1978 when my husband and I purchased bare land in Katikati and developed a 4.5 canopy hectare kiwifruit orchard.  We also built and operated Birchwood Packhouse for 20 years.

I started at Birchwood as financial administrator and later on became the General Manager.  During my time at the packhouse I was involved in several industry groups:

  • Re-write the Zespri Quality Manual
  • Dry Matter Advisory Group
  • Gold Product Group
  • Gold Growers Group
  • Director G6 Kiwi

Currently we are growing in Maungatapere, Northland.  We have Hayward and Sungold kiwifruit plus avocados and tamarillos.

I believe that my role at NZKGI is to defend the pools.  I have an interest in dry matterand TZG payments, fruit standards and local issues.