Grower Profiles
"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
April 29, 2010 - This year marks 50 years in business for Greenland Garden Centre of Sherwood Park, Alta. The operation has remained a family business since the beginning.
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Greenland Garden Centre celebrates 50 years
This year marks 50 years in business for Greenland Garden Centre of Sherwood Park, Alta. The operation has remained a family business since the beginning.
Cogeneration has been increasing since 2005 in Western Europe and in particularly in Dutch horticulture.
March 19, 2010, Portneuf, Qué – Marie Gosselin has been honoured with one of five 2010 FCC (Farm Credit Canada) Rosemary Davis Awards for leadership and commitment to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry.
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Gosselin earns FCC
leadership award

Marie Gosselin has been honoured with one of five 2010 FCC (Farm Credit Canada) Rosemary Davis Awards for leadership and commitment to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry.
The iconic image of the rural English countryside is that of a quaint cottage with a thatched roof and ivy-covered walls. Both circumstances and technology have changed dramatically since those cottages were built centuries ago, but that image of green roofs and living walls is making a resurgence in urban North America, and on a much grander scale.
Higher yields and better quality, over a longer season, in order for local producers to take a bigger share of the local market – such has been Dr. André Gosselin’s lifelong mission, one that has considerably altered the face of horticulture in Québec.
It wasn’t all cowboys at this year’s Calgary Stampede. Adults and kids alike swarmed the fully operational greenhouse display learning about commercial greenhouse tomato production.
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Surrey garden centre owner
is Mr. Christmas

Every year, Ed Holden transforms his garden centre into an amazing Christmas wonderland to make it the biggest and most extensively stocked Christmas store in B.C., possibly in Canada.
This, the ninth year for Sawaya Garden Trials, was especially interesting. It was challenging in the sense that it rained almost all of the time and the plants looked like they were dead.
The demand for organic products in Canada has doubled every four years over the last two decades. But Canada’s low productive capacity for organics has left 80 per cent of the market open to imports. Domestic supply has not kept up with consumer demand.
Hennigar’s Farm Market has expanded more than 30 times since 1948, the year it began roadside sales of vegetables from a truck’s tailgate, through the present. It is nationally renowned, as Reader’s Digest chose it as Canada’s best Farmer’s Stand (June 2008 issue).

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