Ontario’s craft beer industry is a media darling, but local growers have remained almost anonymous. Kyle Wynette is one young grower expanding a six-acre hopyard. His Tavistock Hop Company along with Upper Thames Brewing are entered into the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition to be held February 21 in Niagara Falls. 

Access to labour is one of the key issues for 2018. Growers are worried about access to seasonal workers, but also resourcing technical skills and managerial skills. We call Kirk Kemp, president of Algoma Orchards near Newcastle Ontario to find out how his operation is transitioning. 

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its ninth-podcast episode with guest Sue-Ann Staff.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its eighth-podcast episode with guest Dave VanSegbrook to get a behind the scenes perspective based on our December cover story called “Brussels sprouts: a vegetable crop competing in a global marketplace”.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its seventh podcast episode with guest Chris Mullet Koop, an egg and grape farmer from Jordan, Ontario.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its sixth podcast episode with guest Rich Feenstra, an apple grower from Beamsville, Ontario.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower is pleased to release its fifth podcast episode with guest Shawn Brenn, a potato grower and director on the Ontario Potato Board of Brenn-B Farms from Waterdown, Ontario. Shawn has been working closely with potato researcher Eugenia Banks on some trails with the goal to develop new potato varieties that enhance farm sustainability. What’s a winner? Listen to find out.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower News is pleased to release its fourth podcast episode with guest Kevin Howe, fruit and vegetable grower and industry leader, Howe Family Farm located in Aylmer, Ontario.

The Grower Calling – the official podcast channel for The Grower News is pleased to release its third podcast episode with guest Chris Veillon, chief marketing officer for Pure Flavor, a greenhouse grower and marketer located in Leamington, Ontario.

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