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In the Canadian Horticultural Council’s latest video, British Columbia apple grower Nirwal Dhaliwal talks about the importance of international workers, both to running his operation, and personally, as friends and neighbours.

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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. 

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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.

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First Fruit Logistica start-up day

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Strawberry fields forever

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Automating agriculture

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CHC honours Murray Porteous

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Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

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Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

CHC honours Murray Porteous

The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario. 

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  • Chris Van de Laar the 2018 Grape King and new Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group volunteer
    Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister in named

    Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

  • L-R:  John Spurr, Bill Spurr, Lisa Jenereaux, Katie Campbell, Will Spurr, pictured at Melvern Square, Nova Scotia.
    Lisa Jenereaux named IFTA president

    Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.  

  • Mastronardi Produce teams with John Paul DeJoria

    Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.

  • Kara Badder, marketing program director, NatureFresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario.
    2019 Passion for Produce participants announced

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.

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More data than ever is being collected in agriculture and the industry is challenged with how to best use it to support profitable and sustainable food production. Vegetable processor Bonduelle has joined with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and In-Green Valley Foods Cooperative to access project funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Advisory group for Ontario Ag minister in named

Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.

Low uptake of health insurance for farmers

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association has released its report, “Safety & Health Insurance Available and Farmer Insurance Needs” during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week. This first-of-its-kind study examines health and disability insurance available to Canadian farmers.

Senate ag committee studies value-added sector

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