Greater connectedness in Cromwell

Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus has moved its nursery operations from Cromwell to the Bannockburn Road site, where they join fruit production, viticulture and turf programmes.

The shift expands the campus’ nursery business, which has enjoyed a steady growth in sales each year.

The new location will allow for better visibility, access for customers and enable students to learn in a state-of-the-art facility.

The move will allow for more complimentary teaching, too.

For example, aspects of the Otago Brew School’s operations can be incorporated into horticulture: the brewing waste can be turned into compost; and CO2 from the brewing process can be introduced into greenhouses to grow plants faster.

The glass, metal and concrete from the old glasshouse at the Cromwell site will be recycled.