Originally from Trinidad, Sooruj Bhoolai came to Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. He liked the Holland Marsh so much that he immigrated, became field manager, then bought the celery farm. He’s now coping with 28 per cent increase to the minimum wage and wondering how his Caribbean and Mexican workers can be any more efficient.
The trade show at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association will open at 1 pm sharp on Wednesday, April 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Don’t miss the Learning Lounges on the trade show floor.
No stranger to horticulture, Jamie Reaume is honoured for his agricultural advocacy by Farm & Food Care Ontario. One of his former roles was founder and executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association.
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has studied non-traditional crops for many years, selecting best varieties for Canadian conditions. This Asian eggplant test site is inspected by Michael Brownbridge.
As part of the recent federal budget, $80 million has been pledged to replace the aging Centre for Plant Health in Sidney, British Columbia by 2022. Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay is pictured with Anna-Mary Schmidt, head of grapevine diagnostics.
Despite a tight supply of beehives for pollination, BC blueberry growers are anticipating an early spring and a good start to the season.
Canadian Fruit Tree Nursery Cooperative, the newest nursery in Ontario, is led by Gene Penner.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement on agricultural policies and programs came into effect on April 1, replacing Growing Forward 2. There is increased potential for AgriStability payments.