This Remarkable Couple Escaped a War and Then Saved an Entire Crop
Joe and Fay Gock fled from China during World War II and escaped to New Zealand. They became farmers who changed the face of agriculture forever. This heartwarming short film profiles their loving relationship and wonderful sense of humor. When New Zealand’s main sweet potato crop became infested with black rot, the Gocks gifted their disease-resistant strain of sweet potatoes to the nation and refused to take a penny for it. They won the Queen’s Medal and the Bledisloe Cup for their lifetime dedication to horticulture. Most importantly, their love of life, land, and each other is evident.