The Ontario Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is celebrating a milestone year - their 50th anniversary. With this momentous occasion, OGVG held a gala event in conjunction with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association on May 10th.
OGVG kicked off the evening by unveiling their anniversary video, which highlighted how far the group has progressed throughout the years to where the industry is today.
Jim Clark, interim chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission addressed the crowd underscoring the contributions that OGVG has provided the Ontario agri-food sector.
While Ontario greenhouse production can be dated back to the 1940s, OGVG was not formed until 1967. Growers voted 83.2% in favour of forming the organization, which is responsible for licensing growers, packers and marketers of greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in the province.
When the organization was first created, there were 765 growers across Ontario, covering approximately 350 acres. Today, there are 205 growers with about 3,000 acres of greenhouse vegetable production.
"OGVG has grown to be a significant economic contributor to the Ontario economy," said George Gilvesy, chair of OGVG.