John MacDonald, (R) receives the Doug Connery Award from outgoing president, Alvin Keenan.

Several long-serving growers and industry leaders were honoured at the Canadian Horticultural Council meetings in Ottawa on March 14.They included John MacDonald, a potato and berry grower from Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Viliam Zvalo

After three years at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Dr. Viliam Zvalo is heading back to Nova Scotia. He becomes CEO of Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. on April 4. 

Cheers to the bottomless cup trophy for the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition pictured with samples of hops.

The 16th edition of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention hosted several competitions February 20 and 21, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. When the event started, organizers could not have imagined sweet and hard cider competitions or an Ontario-hopped craft beer competition.  

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association honoured two long-serving individuals in the horticultural industry. It was a surprise double ceremony at the February 20, 2018 Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls.

Jan VanderHout in the Beverly Greenhouses propagation area. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

Veteran reporter Dave Harrison has just retired after 22 years as editor of Greenhouse Canada. One of his last features was with another veteran: Ontario cucumber grower Jan VanderHout.