Greenhouse Canada features

Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Dave Harrison’s last feature makes total sense. As editor of Greenhouse Canada Magazine since February 1996, he returned to an operation that he’s visited many times:  Beverly Greenhouses. That’s where Jan VanderHout has been farming fulltime for 33 years. He and his brother Dale specialize in 20 acres of cucumbers, aided by two acres of propagation.

 

Harrison pointed out that VanderHout plays a key role in several organizations.  He’s currently chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association as well as The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance.  He’s a longtime director of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.   

 

As Harrison reported, volunteerism comes easily to the Waterdown, Ontario grower.

 

“Our family has always been involved on associations working for the common good of the industry,” said VanderHout. “If all we do is sit back and wait to see what happens, we’re probably not going to be happy with the outcome. As individuals we really can’t do it alone. We have to work collectively, especially if we’re going to interact effectively with government.

 

“And that’s become a large part of what organizations are doing. We’re talking to government about a variety of issues, such as cap and trade, electricity rates, and about opportunities to improve the infrastructure in the areas that are supporting horticultural operations, to name only a few.”

 

True to his quote, VanderHout was in Montreal in late January for the sixth round of NAFTA talks along with other industry colleagues. 

 

To read the entire feature, click here.

Publish date: 
Friday, January 26, 2018

Click to leave a comment

CAPTCHA
For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!

RELATED NEWS

United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term.