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Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

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Fresh look at vegetable processing

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

RELATED NEWS

Fresh look at vegetable processing

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

RELATED NEWS

Fresh look at vegetable processing

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

RELATED NEWS

Fresh look at vegetable processing

The farmgate value of Ontario’s vegetable processing industry, pegged at about $100 million annually, often goes under the radar for its significant contribution to the economy. For these growers – Pascal Jennen, (L), Ian Bradley and Kevin Jennen -- their contracted acres of Spanish onions are destined to become onion rings at the Cavendish Farms Appetizer Division in Wheatley, Ontario. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Tomberries: the next ‘little’ thing

Thanks to NatureFresh Farms and breeder Eminent Seeds, this is the debut year for the world’s smallest tomato: the Tomberry. Isaac Braun, greenhouse grower responsible for 60 acres of peppers and tomatoes in Leamington, Ontario, shares the path to innovation.

Carbon taxed

If change is not practical, then it is not sustainable.

Remembrance Day is just around the corner, and in addition to remembering those who have fallen, I received a ‘message’ at Thanksgiving that is worth passing along.

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  • New agriculture leader at BDO Canada

    Maggie Van Camp is the new national agricultural practice development leader for BDO Canada, based in Guelph, Ontario.

  • New Rural Economic Development portfolio

    Nova Scotia has a new minister in the federal cabinet in the new portfolio of Rural Economic Development. She’s MP Bernadette Jordan who has represented the riding of South Shore-St. Margarets since 2015.

  • L-R:  Matthias Oppenlaender, chair Grape Growers of Ontario, Michèle Bosc, Paul Bosc Sr., Amélie Boury and Miguel Fongalvo from Chateau des Charmes at an Award of Merit ceremony, April 2017.  Photo courtesy Grape Growers of Ontario.
    Obituary: Michèle Bosc

    Niagara’s grape and wine industry is mourning the untimely passing of Michèle Bosc, the vice-president of marketing and administration for Chateau des Charmes winery. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail-blazing winery had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.  

  • Crystal Mackay steps down

    President of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, Crystal MacKay, is leaving after a decade of leading industry associations.  She’ll continue in her role until after the annual general meeting in April 2019. 

  • Automating agriculture

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers hope that federal funding will help them build a network to accelerate development and commercialization of labour-saving agricultural technologies.

  • Bringing European berry innovation back to Canada

    The North American Strawberry Growers’ Association visited Europe in late 2018. Three major trends were evident:  driving excellence through specialization, driving efficiency through elevation and faster picking, driving savings through industry standardization.

  • Natural gas to be expanded in rural Ontario

    Ontario has passed legislation to expand access to natural gas in more parts of rural and northern Ontario. 

  • (L-R): Chris Bittle, MP St. Catharines; Shelley Martin, interim CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Dr. Tania Humphrey, Chief Scientific Officer, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre; Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; and Vance Badawey, MP Niagara Centre
    $5 million to automate greenhouses

    The feds have announced up to $5 million for an 'automation cluster' led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Research will focus on robotic harvesters for greenhouse cucumbers, wireless irrigation for flowers and vegetables, and sensors for soil and air moisture. Ag minister Lawrence MacAulay and fellow MPs were on hand for the announcement.

     

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New agriculture leader at BDO Canada

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