Hort Innovation 2019-23 Strategy & Hort Connection

Tuesday, 24 July 2019

A new strategy to guide the next four years of Hort Innovation was released last month, following extensive consultation with 350 growers and industry representatives across a series of workshops and online surveys.

The 2019-23 Strategy has flagged more face-to-face engagement with growers, a need to future proof farms with sustainable practices and a sound knowledge of market trends, as just some of the key focus areas for the organisation.

The strategy was informed by Hort Innovation’s 20 stakeholder workshops held earlier this year, as well as a comprehensive online feedback system. The result is a strategy that is fit for purpose and designed to boost the prosperity of Australian horticulture.

To help bring these activities to life and ensure effective levy investment, Hort Innovation defined their goals and key strategic pillars as:


Hort Innovation is committed to sustainable growth in horticulture, with the overarching aim of increasing the sector’s value to $20 billion by 2030. This will be achieved through:

  • Supporting growth in demand, both domestically and globally
  • Supporting profitable and collaborative industries
  • Delivering world-class innovation, knowledge and networks.

The three strategic pillars:

  1. Drive knowledge and innovation into horticulture industries
  2. Deliver the highest value R&D, marketing and trade investments across industries, now and into the future
  3. Enable activities that drive all strategies imperatives

The strategy outlines key activities to be rolled out under each strategic pillar over the next four years, including more cross-industry collaboration on key issues, as well as the successful transfer of research findings to practical outcomes.

To download the new strategy, click here.

To read more on the initial consultation workshops, head to: https://bit.ly/2tMgL7n

2019 Hort Connections

NGIA was a corporate sponsor at the 2019 Hort Connections conference held in Melbourne on 24 June – 26 June 2019.

Across the three days, the team took away fresh insights from horticultural industry leaders, networking with fellow nursery peers, and provided an opportunity to promote the value of urban greening.

A team from Boomaroo Nurseries also had a stand this year, with the business sponsoring a range of key speaker sessions and events. One being the horticulture career talent session where Peter Vaughan provided an overview of the nursery industry and career opportunities within the nursery production sector.

There was also a ‘Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture’ award, which was presented to an individual, who had demonstrated outstanding ability and success in their field. This year, it was awarded to Carmel Ingram from Gippsland, Victoria.