Click on the top right-hand corner of each picture to get to know the Watt Family.
Role: Handy Man
About: Alistair works part-time on the orchard and part-time at the local garage. He enjoys wood work and snow-boarding in his spare time. He is also part of the local volunteer fire brigade and earned his karate black belt at the end of 2018.
Role: Tractor Driver
About: Brian's main role on the orchard is doing tractor work. He plays a large part in the harvest, making sure that the fruit is brought from the orchard to the chiller within hours of being picked. Brian enjoys baking in his spare time and hanging out with Clarence, the family dog.
Role: Emotional Support Dog
About: As the orchard emotional support dog, Clarence is an essential part of the business. He is always happy to accept pats from people, even if it conflicts with his busy schedule of sleeping, eating, and following the sun around.
Role: General Supervisor
About: Duncan performs a variety of tasks on the orchard including tractor work, staff supervision, pruning, tree planting, hydralada maintenance, and general maintenance jobs. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his mates.
Role: Bakery/Compliance Manager
About: Ellen spent a year training as a baker before developing our range of bakery products. During the harvest she co-manages the packing shed, as well as managing the orchard's compliance programs. Ellen volunteers on the local fire brigade, and is part of a Toastmasters club. She also enjoys writing and scrapbooking in her spare time.
Role: Part Time
About: Fergus has completed a building apprenticeship, and works as a builder. He helps out at the orchard in his spare time, as well as enjoying hunting, fishing, and skiing.
Role: Administrator/Harvest Manager
About: Geraldine completes most of the orchard administration, including managing the payroll system. She manages the harvest during the summer, and is studying horticulture part-time. She loves travelling, nature, and her dog, Sting.
Role: Packhouse QC
About: Heather attends high school in Oamaru. During the summer holidays, she works as the packshed quality controller, checking the quality of the fruit being exported overseas. She loves art, baking, and shoes.
Role: Staff Manager
About: Irene manages the orchard staff, overseeing pruning and thinning, as well as co-managing the packshed during the harvest. She married Cristian in 2018. Irene is a bit of a foodie, and loves cooking and growing her own vegetables.