John and his late wife Vicki started out as conventional apple and squash growers in the 80s. They lived on an apple orchard in Hastings with their three young boys and quickly became concerned with the industry’s liberal use of pesticides and other artificial substances – so they went looking for healthier and safer alternatives. They started converting their Hawke’s Bay apple orchards to organic in 1996 and were the first growers to approach organic apple production on a commercial scale. Today, Bostock NZ exports to over 20 different countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Impressive, eh!
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