Together, we will future-proof the Horticultural Industry of Western Australia
Who we are...
HortConnectWA aims to bring together like-minded young horticulture professionals to engage in social and professional networking.
It’s about connecting growers and young professionals, helping them share knowledge and innovative ideas, create valuable professional networks and empower them to “own” the sector, which has traditionally been dominated by an older demographic.
Events + Activities
Regional Workshops and Sundowners
Annual Industry Summit
Annual End of Year celebration
AgConnectWA events including Heart of WA and annual Cocktail Party
Meet the team! Our dedicated team of young professionals and growers are here to assist you with anything you need. We asked them, what about HortConnectWA excites you most?
Moora Citrus, Operations Manager
Moora Citrus produces oranges and mandarins, delivering citrus to the local market across eight months of each production year. On HortConnectWA, Catrin says, "It's a good chance to be with a group of people around my age, with a similar level of experience in the industry."
Willarra Gold, Grower
Mitchell works alongside his family growing broccoli, avocado & passionfruit at Willarra Gold in Manjimup. "I’m really excited about HortConnectWA as it will give so many newcomers to the industry access to valuable events and resources. The networking opportunities are fantastic because making strong connections can make all the difference in a competitive industry."
Sam is a 3rd generation vegetable grower in Carabooda and worked full time with her Dad and Uncle on the property. Sam had the Farm Operations Manager role until 2 years ago when she started working for the industry within vegetablesWA as the Industry Extension Officer. Sam is passionate about ensuring the industry continues and is a valuable ambassador as she has first hand experience of working within a family farm.
Joel has had a range of roles in the agriculture sector since graduating from Curtin University with a BSc (Applied Science) Viticulture and Oenology. Joel worked in viticulture throughout various wineries in Australia and has first hand experience working on farm. He has supported growers in the Quality Assurance domain since 2013 while working for the Potato Marketing Corporation of Western Australia. Joel is well known in the industry throughout horticulture and we look forward to being able to hardness his passion and extend the industry going forward.
RK & J Fox and Son, Grower
Mat works alongside his family growing a range of apple varieties including kanzi, fuji and pink lady at their orchard called Brookside.
Michael Della Pollina
Michael is a third generation Orchardist in Pickering Brook working alongside his Dad and Uncle, to manage 90 acres of orchard. Michael enjoys the rewarding lifestyle of managing the orchard, though is aware of the challenges it presents. HortConnectWA provides the opportunity to connect with other young producers in the industry, something Michael is looking forward to being a part of.
Grower Group Tour
17th October 2019
Join the grower group tour for a day of innovation and inspiration. Leaving from Aloft at 8.30am, growers will be chauffeured to Brookrise Farm in Gingin.
Here you will learn about using drones for spraying and energy efficient cool rooms. You’ll also have the opportunity to check out Afgri Moora’s machinery display. TICKETS
18th October 2019
The brunch provides a fantastic opportunity to learn and network.
We have special presenters, including West Coast Eagles assistant coach, Michelle Cowan and Woolworths responsible sourcing manager Laura McManus.
Brunch is provided. TICKETS
vegetablesWA Industry Summit
18th October 2019
Jam packed with guest speakers and panel discussions; the 2019 Summit is not to be missed.
Keynote speaker Krista Watkins – National Rural Women of the Year Award who had the bright idea of turning wasted green bananas into banana flour. TICKETS
9th December 2019
Details to come.