It has to start with Gerard van den Bosch’s talent for water.
Always passionate about watering the earth, when he was only 13 years old, Gerard attracted the attention of Adelaide University professors, for Australia’s first commercially viable drip irrigation system which he built for his father’s horticultural business. He arrived home from school in remote North-East Tasmania one afternoon to find the academics on the doorstep asking questions.
Gerard turned to dairy farming in his early twenties and after irrigating a small section of his farm during the 1972 drought, neighbours asked if he would design systems for them. This led to the establishment of Bosch Irrigation in 1977.
In the 1980s as an award-winning dairy farmer and irrigation specialist, Gerard was invited to be keynote speaker at the North American Grasslands conference with 750 delegates. He was also invited to become a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.