I am a Farm Manager in the Costa Citrus Category, based at the Solora Farm in South Australia. I began working at the Solora farm in 1987 as a farm hand and over that time, I was promoted to Leading Hand, then Production Manager and Farm Manager.
I was born in Loxton, South Australia and attended Loxton High school, after which I obtained my diploma in Horticulture. As a kid I grew up on our family's fruit block, when my father sold the family farm, I started working for Solora. I come from a family of fruit growers, which paved the way for me to become one as well. I have always been a grower and haven’t thought about doing anything else.
It's just a great lifestyle - I love working outdoors in rain, hail or shine! I also enjoy working with other people and the variety of work that comes with it.
I get a really strong sense of pride when everything goes to plan and I especially enjoy seeing our fully loaded containers heading overseas to our many export markets located around the world. My motto for life is always put in 110%, work hard and never give up! A piece of advice for the younger generation trying to become farmers is if you work hard, then you will reap the rewards.
Q&A with Nick
What is so special about your farm?
We live in the Riverland so we have more sunshine than the Gold coast.
How do you feel when you are farming your land or preparing to grow quality produce?
I am always happy to know that some of the world is going to taste some of the world’s best fruit.
What’s your advice to parents trying to get their kids to eat more fruit and veg?
Convince the kids that it makes you healthy and strong.
I love working outdoors in rain, hail or shine and also enjoy working with other people, I don’t think I would like to do anything else.