Andrew Kuyvenhoven, of Kuyvenhoven Greenhouses in Brampton, has been re-elected president of the Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. board of directors.
Other board members are:
• Vice-president William Ravensbergen, of P. Ravensbergen & Sons Ltd. in Smithville.
• Secretary Fred Meyers, of Meyers Fruit Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
• Treasurer Gina Marchionda, of Jeffery’s Greenhouses Inc. in St. Catharines.
Directors include Colin Dodd, of Dodd’s Greenhouses Ltd. in Niagara-on-the-Lake; Ted Oorsprong, of Northend Gardens (1991) Inc. in Jordan Station; Brian Slaman, of John Slaman Greenhouses in Burford; and Bryan Van Geest of Van Geest Bros. in Grimsby.
FARM PRODUCTS ACT CERTIFICATION
During the annual meeting, Kuyvenhoven was pleased to report that the organization had completed a number of changes over the past year and has continued to become a stronger and more focused organization.
The board had pursued an application to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for FCO to become the representative association for all flower growers in Ontario. A successful vote was held after many area meetings with growers. The vote indicated a strong support for the proposal. For the first time in history, the products of Ontario flower growers have been defined under the Farm Products Act and flower growers are now fully recognized as an integral part of agriculture.
FARMGATE SALES OF $828 MILLION
Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. was incorporated in 1966 and currently represents 350 greenhouse flower growers who generate $828 million in farmgate sales. Its mission is to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of Ontario’s floriculture industry by helping members address common issues, challenges and opportunities to enhance Ontario’s pre-eminent position in the floriculture industry in North America.