Red Sun Farms, a North American greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico, are embracing technology by lighting up a high-tech greenhouse to bring a year-round supply from Kingsville, Ontario.
There are three projects underway to support year-round Ontario-grown produce:
- First, a new state-of-the-art, 27-acre facility with a dedicated partially-lit growing area. This investment will allow for a longer growing season in Canada for specialty tomatoes.
- A second project has 42 acres lit, all dedicated to growing 12 months of the year in organic and conventional farming. With this new technology, growers can extend their growing season into the winter months, responding to consumer demand for local produce year-round.
- Finally, a third project introduces the first of its kind LED technology that will supply Ontario peppers year-round. This unique technology recreates and modulates the full spectrum of the sun's natural light, essentially enabling the farm to deseasonalize productions.
"Introducing these new technologies into the greenhouses will allow Red Sun Farms to offer year-round supply from Ontario," states Jim DiMenna, president Red Sun Farms, "Usually over the winter months, we ship our product from Mexico to Canada; however, this new lighting technology will allow us to give some of our Canadian customer's limited products over the winter months."
Source: Red Sun Farms September 29, 2020 news release