Major innovations with modernization project

January 25, 2017
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Jan. 25, 2017, Lynden, Ont. – Greenbelt Microgreens is modernizing a new 3.5-acre greenhouse facility with state-of-the-art technology, assisted with funding of up to $640,585 from the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program.

The project will enable the company to increase production of Canadian certified organic microgreens. (Click images for more information)

MP Filomena Tassi, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, announced the funding during of Greenbelt Microgreens.

"Our government is committed to making targeted investments in businesses who are creating growth and good jobs thanks to innovative new projects,” said Tassi.

“We are proud of Greenbelt Microgreens and the vision of Ian Adamson. Greenbelt Microgreens is meeting the growing local demand for organic food and supporting a healthy economy in the Hamilton area.”

The new full-spectrum greenhouse will feature an acrylite roofing material (new to North America) that improves light penetration to increase the health and quality of plants, a soil and fertilizing line specifically designed for microgreens, and a multiple variety seeding machine for microgreens, unique to Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd.

"Local food is key to the Canadian economy,” said company president Ian Adamson. “With the opening of our new 3.5 acre Woodhill Greenhouse facility, we are poised to supply a large part of this market with the most nutrient dense food. Our facility has been upgraded with the latest innovations in UV light transmitting roofing combined with automated soil and seeding equipment.
 
Innovations, such as these, are allowing the company to produce the highest quality organic lettuce and microgreens year-round in Ontario. “This is a major boost for the local food economy,” said Adamson. “We commit to employing local people and as an organic farm we are committed to the environment.

Some 80 per cent of the organic produce in Canada is imported and greenhouses are our solution.  We are very pleased to have the federal government’s Agri-Innovation program help in funding these innovations.”

QUICK FACTS

• Greenbelt Microgreens grows, harvests and distributes certified organic microgreens. Microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested within 14 days of their germination stage, such as basil, beets and cilantro.

• This repayable investment is being made through the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698 million initiative.

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