The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) is launching “This is Greenhouse Goodness” campaign at the baggage claim area at the Windsor International Airport. Resembling a greenhouse farm, this campaign showcases the high concentration of greenhouses, achievements, and innovation of the sector in southwestern Ontario. Residents, guests, and dignitaries arriving in Windsor will experience the benefits of Ontario-grown greenhouse produce when entering the region through educational messaging which promotes the health attributes of greenhouse vegetables and growers’ sustainable growing practices.
"The Windsor International Airport represents the dedication and innovation that truly defines Ontario's greenhouse vegetable growers," said Richard Lee, OGVG executive director. "We are proud to be the largest exporter of fresh, nutritious greenhouse produce that contributes significantly to the economic vitality of our region supporting food security.”
Windsor-Essex is known as the heart of Ontario's agriculture and agri-tech sector that proudly employs more than 32,000 people. The region is one of the largest greenhouse clusters globally, a testament to the exceptional quality and innovation found in local produce. Each year, area farms produce more than 503 million kilograms of fresh, nutritious, healthy greenhouse produce. The designated greenhouse area is planned to remain at the airport during the next two years.
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) represent more than 170 greenhouse operators growing more than 3,800 acres of fresh and nutritious peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Over the past decade, the sector has experienced a growth rate averaging six per cent annually and is poised to continue that growth. As agricultural innovators, the sector continues to research, develop, and operationalize novel technologies to reinforce Canada’s domestic food supply system while enhancing its position as a major partner to support global food security.
Source: Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers September 12, 2023 news release