Atlantic organic greenhouse grower receives funding for clean boiler system
March 6, 2020 By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Federal and provincial financial support will allow Atlantic Grown Organics to adopt a clean technology boiler system, a first of its kind to be installed in North America.
The Schurman family operates Atlantic Grown Organics which provides organically grown produce throughout Atlantic Canada. The new boiler system will help turn the greenhouse operation into 100 per cent renewable heating, and promote the adoption of clean technologies in the sector.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Prince Edward Island Minister of Agriculture and Land, Bloyce Thompson visited Schurman Family Farm in Kensington, PEI this week to announce an investment of $893,284. The operation will receive a federal investment of $446,642 under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Clean Technology Program, $271,467 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, $89,328 from the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land and $85,847 from Atlantic Grown Organics.
This project will help increase energy use efficiency and reduce fossil fuel use in their greenhouse production.
“Greenhouses in our Canadian climate need a lot of energy and most greenhouses in Canada use fossil fuels for heat,” says Marc Schurman, owner of Atlantic Grown Organics. “Being able to grow local organic vegetables in a “green” way is certainly rewarding. There is a lot of risk in testing new technology. The funding from the Agricultural Clean Technology Program, ACOA and Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program was essential to lower the risk involved and realize the positive outcomes of the investment.”
Atlantic Grown Organics has been using waste bio-products as fuel for the operation of its greenhouses. Their operation has been able to make use of bio-waste from a local oilseed processing plant but have been required to supplement this system with fuel oil.
“This first of its kind technology to be installed in North America is a terrific example of how producers from coast-to-coast-to-coast are looking to ‘grow greener’,” says Bibeau. “Our Government is committed to supporting research into sustainable agriculture practices. This project showcases how the ingenuity of our farm families in adopting new technologies can help Canada be a leader on sustainable farming and food.
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