Kids learn to make healthy foods in the classroom through the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Freggie Children’s Program. The event is to provide community awareness of the benefits of learning to cook and consuming more nutritious lunches at school.

After a fire engulfed the RedHat Co-op vegetable packing plant on May 26th, nearby producers offered their facilities for storing the plant’s cucumbers. All of the 280 employees remain employed at Big Marble Farms during the shutdown; new shifts added to accommodate.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has released its update on the use of captan in tender fruit. Label changes will occur by May 2020.

The Grower welcomes Becky Dumais to the role of editorial assistant. She’ll be responsible for Fresh News from the Grower, the weekly e-newsletter and for recording podcasts. 

(L-R) MP John Barlow, Carley Williamson, director of communications for MP Barlow, OFVGA directors Bill George, John Thwaites, Mark Wales and OFVGA chair Jan VanderHout at Beverly Greenhouses, Waterdown, Ontario.

With a greenhouse cucumber operation as the venue,the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association hosted John Barlow on May 25, reviewing issues such as access to labour and industry competitiveness. He is the federal Conservative Party’s shadow minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food. 

Serendipity Winery at Naramata, BC.  Photo by Johann Wessels

The B.C. wine industry is challenged on all sides this spring – first with Alberta’s wine boycott and now with American desires to access grocery store channels.  The U.S. has requested a dispute settlement panel under the World Trade Organization.

Ideal conditions for the bloom and post-bloom period lead to BC Tree Fruits Cooperative’s estimate of a record cherry crop for 2018. If weather holds, 12 million pounds may come to market.

Galen Weston, CEO of Loblaw Companies, spoke at the Arrell Food Summit about the future of food on May 24. He’s promising a closer relationship with Canada’s agricultural producers.