Staff Profiles

 

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Keith Parnell

Keith has run the family farm since 1973. He married Kerry, a nurse, in 1977 and they have worked together since then. They diversified into a tree nursery business on the farm in 1998. Training was a hands on process and most of the learning was done by research and trial and error. Farming experience provided a sound background knowledge for understanding plant growth and requirements. Farm infrastructure and machinery, plus unlimited space, made it easier to develop the nursery quickly. The nursery started as a sideline and then grew to become the sole focus of the business. In 2009, Parnell's Nursery  produced 4 million seedlings and had a staff of 18 for a large part of the year.

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Kerry Parnell

Kerry's primary role has been staff training and supervision of the backpacker staff. She also attends to the everyday needs of the backpackers, often taking on a "Mothers" role. Kerry attends to staff accommodation, organises the weekend shopping expeditions and manages the office.