Aug. 13, 2009 — Ontario flower growers are boosting biocontrol research in the province.
The board of directors of Flowers Canada (Ontario) recently presented a cheque for $50,000 to help fund thrip and whitefly research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC). This is the first installment of a commitment made by floriculture growers in Ontario to fund greenhouse biocontrol research at the centre.
Taking part in the presentation were, left to right: Ted Oorsprong, Northend Gardens (1991) Inc.; Gina Marchionda, Jeffery’s Greenhouses Inc.; Colin Dodd, Dodd’s Greenhouses Ltd.; Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO at VRIC; William Ravensbergen, P. Ravensbergen & Sons Ltd.; Bryan Van Geest, Van Geest Bros. Limited; FCO president Andrew Kuyvenhoven, Kuyvenhoven Greenhouses Inc.; Fred Meyers, Meyers Fruit Farms and Greenhouses; and Brian Slaman, John Slaman Greenhouses Ltd.
The presentation was made in front of the first truck bearing the new Pick Ontario marketing signage. The campaign promotes the Ontario floriculture industry and encourages consumers to buy more Ontario-grown plants.