Ontario farmers are nearing the end of another fall harvest made possible by a seasonal labour program that has helped the province’s fruit and vegetable industry to thrive for more than 50 years.

(L-R) Alex and Jordan McKay, Willowtree Farms, Port Perry, Ontario and Jinel and Craig Ference, Double F Farms, Kirriemuir, Alberta are the 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers for Canada.

This year’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ national recognition event culminated with awards on November 30 in Winnipeg.  Fruit and vegetable growers. brothers Alex and Jordan McKay, were honoured for their diversification at Willowtree Farms, Port Perry. Ontario. Jinel and Craig Ference, Double F Farms, Kirriemuir, Alberta got the Western Canadian nod for cropping 10,000 acres, managing an8,000-head feedlot and overseeing 4,000 mother cows. 

Ontariofresh.ca is the province’s largest local online food network, connecting buyers, sellers and processors.  Now it’s even more user-friendly, thanks to a major upgrade by the Greenbelt Fund.

Retiring Ken Linington is surrounded by appreciative growers. L-R: Barb Hipple, Brett Schuyler, Ken Linington, Kai Wiens, Kyle Ardiel

Last day in a long career was November 30, 2018 for Ken Linington, policy advisor for Labour Issues Coordinating Committee. True to form, he attended a seminar “Labour Resources for Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers” on his second-last day and shared his extensive experience with growers.