NZ Herald: 4 February 2022

Rhys Roberts wins 2022 New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award

Rhys Roberts, chief executive of market garden and farm operation Align Farms, has been crowned the 2022 New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award winner.

The annual award, regarded as a prestigious badge of honour by the agribusiness industry, recognises and supports talented young individuals from Australia and New Zealand.

This year’s winner, Roberts (34) lives in Westerfield, 25km from Ashburton, Mid Canterbury and operates seven farms and a market garden for the Align Farms Group.

Roberts is passionate about food production and is currently running a regenerative agriculture project trial, to monitor farm productivity, animal health, human health and environmental outcomes.