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Several Ontario vegetable farms are working together to trial new transplanting technology they hope will save time and labour.

First Fruit Logistica start-up day

Fruit Logistica hosts the first Start-up Day presenting 20 entrepreneurs in ten-minute intervals on February 8, 2019. One new technology is an indoor drone for insect control in greenhouses.

Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

Strawberry fields forever

Day-neutral strawberries help meet market demands, but growers face new pest management obstacles.

Taking the pulse of the Ontario Food Terminal

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

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Local Line platform helps market gardener

Organic market gardener Joe Grootenboer moved to the Local Line software platform a year ago. With a customized box program, he has increased the average sale from $19 per week to $27 per week.

Taking the pulse of the Ontario Food Terminal

The Ontario Food Terminal is at the heart of a complex food web. The 40-acre facility, near downtown Toronto, is of interest to the Ontario government which has appointed an agricultural advisory group to look at several provincial issues, including changes to the Ontario Food Terminal network. Bruce Nicholas, general manager, (second from right) and Gianfranco Leo, administration manager (far right) are pictured talking to growers at last year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. 

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.

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  • Tom and Carol Chudleigh are surrounded by their family on the occasion of winning the Ayrsta Golden Apple Award.
    Pick-your-own-apples pioneer honoured

    Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family. 

  • L-R: Bill George, chair, OFVGA; Ken Linington; Ken Forth, OFVGA labour section chair
    OFVGA Award of Merit: Ken Linington

    Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Award of Merit. He was honoured at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls, February 19, 2019.

  • Vineland Growers Coop and Norfolk Fruit Growers agree on apple marketing

    Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. will become the exclusive marketer for The Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association fresh apple program, beginning with the 2019 apple harvest.

  • Soil specialist Anne Verhallen honoured

    Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist for horticulture crops with the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs, was honoured as one of this year’s Soil Champion award recipients.

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Ag chem mergers and acquisitions: lessons learned

The Canadian Association of Ag Retailers recently hosted a panel of four leaders of leading crop protection companies. Their lesson? Message sent does not equal message delivered.

OFFMA awards recognize direct farm marketing excellence

The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association recognized excellence among its members recently with awards in several categories of direct farm marketing.

OFVC student poster winners

The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention hosts a student poster competition every year. This year’s winner, Leah Blechschmidt, addressed the abundance and diversity of native bees in Ontario apple orchards. 

Pick-your-own-apples pioneer honoured

Innovative apple grower Tom Chudleigh, who was instrumental in establishing pick-your-own orchards as a popular agri-tourism activity in Ontario, is the winner of this year’s Arysta Golden Apple Award. He shares the award with wife Carol and family. 

BC Cherry Association expands global markets

The successes of the British Columbia cherry growers are due to years of work gaining access to Asian markets. Japan is the latest.  

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