Grower Profiles
Alberta is a challenging environment for growing commercial greenhouse produce because of its cold winter climate, but a Lacombe-area vegetable producer has imported Dutch technology as part of a $7.5-million expansion that will tame Old Man Winter through more efficient use of heat, air and lig

Enjoy Centre brings fear, excitement to Hole family

Bill Hole has a lot on the line and it's got him scared - and excited. Work is well underway on the family's new facility, a combination of garden centre, banquet space and various boutique-style businesses.
Aug. 3, 2010, Burlington, Ont. – Andrew Wong is an Ontario secondary school student who mobilizes his peers to achieve environmental goals. At school, he recognized that an abandoned greenhouse was an underutilized resource with great potential to educate students about plant science and horticulture.
Twisted, bent, broken – gone. However it’s described, it will take months and even years to recover from the F-1 tornado that tore a path of destruction along the Lake Erie shoreline in and around Leamington, Ontario, during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 6.
Industry leadership, innovation and dedication were recognized during the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (AGGA) awards banquet.

Aris/Keepsake Plants® tornado update
Despite having several greenhouses seriously damaged in last weekend's major storm, officials with the Aris Horticulture Inc.'s Keepsake Plants production facilities (formerly Yoder Canada) say regular shipments are continuing.

New Hole's complex not for green thumbs only

During bedding-plant season, Hole's Greenhouses and Gardens in St. Albert attracts crowds like few other garden centres. But the popular St. Albert retailer is shutting the doors on its current location in November, and opening what a U.S. horticultural writer calls "the world's coolest garden centre."
Natural gas prices may be lower than they were just a few years ago, but energy remains a hot topic for Ontario greenhouse vegetable growers.
If variety is indeed the spice of life, Sunsation Acres is an especially well-seasoned operation.
The 16-acre greenhouse vegetable operation is located in Kingsville, Ontario. The product mix is quite diversified
May 21, 2010, Durham, NH – Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon has been named the 2010 Family Business of the Year by the University of New Hampshire Center for Family Business.
Three Ontario growers have been honoured for their many years of industry contributions.
Joel Wiersma may be a relative latecomer to the greenhouse industry, but he’s making up for lost time with his dedication to research and innovation. The result has been consistently high quality crops and many happy customers.
"Red fruit, green farming.” If such is the proper translation of the motto (Fruits rouges, culture verte) of Demers’ farms, then perhaps its success can be explained by a sharp production focus, along with smart branding and marketing strategies.
It’s not really a problem, unless you become frustrated and annoyed by the fact that you seem to disagree so often? In almost 21 years in my consulting job, I have discussed many things with growers. On many things we agree, and on others we don’t.
John Persoon of Ultra Grow Ltd. has experienced a lot of industry changes over the past 30 years, but there is one thing that has remained constant throughout his career – a passion for plants.
“The bottom line has remained the same,” says Persoon

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