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I grew up on an orchard but I was always interested in what lay below the surface rather than what was on top. This led me to study Geography to Masters level at the University of Canterbury majoring in Physical Geography. I then taught Geography for 16 years in a local high school and followed this with 12 years as a commercial tomato and asparagus grower. It is of course logical that this has led to teaching Horticulture at the EIT for the past 9 years, principally to the Horticulture Cadets. My geography background has given me great passion for soils and teaching people to look after this most valuable of resources.
I believe that climate change is man-made and that if we are to look after our grandchildren we need to be sustainable. This underpins a lot of my philosophy in teaching and lifestyle, leading to hobbies such as fishing and mountain climbing. At Christmas 2011, I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to fulfill a personal challenge.
Students taught by me will be challenged to put the principles learnt in class to the best interests of not only themselves but for the good of the globe.