Over 30 years ago, Gary left school at the age of 16 and completed his Diploma in Horticulture, specialising in growing cherries. Since then he and his wife, Steph, have spent the majority of their lives dedicated to producing and selling the freshest cherries direct to customers all over New Zealand.

Their children Renee, Cameron and Jacob quickly found their passion for their lives as cherry growers and sellers, with each family member forming an integral part of the team.

In 2011, the family set their sites on developing a cherry orchard in the beautiful Waihopai Valley as a joint venture with their friend, Stu Mclean. After many years of nurturing and caring for the trees, Eden Orchards was born.