Greenhouse Canada

Free webinar: How GF2 Can Work for You

February 24, 2017  By Dave Harrison

Barbara Caswell OSCIA

Feb. 24, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – Looking to innovate and improve your competitiveness? Growing Forward 2 can help.

“How Growing Forward 2 Can Work for You” is our first presentation in this year’s Greenhouse Canada free webinar series. It will be held Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Click here to register.


Register even if you won’t be able to view the presentation “live.” Those registered will be able to view the recorded version of the webinar at their convenience.

This federal-provincial-territorial initiative has helped many farmers across Canada grow their operations, including many greenhouse producers. While the program is national in scope, program delivery is slightly different across the provinces.

“Whether you are starting out, or have been in business a long time, GF2 can help you reach your goals,” notes the program website.

“The program offers resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to eligible producers, processors, organizations and collaborations to grow their profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.”

Click here to read how Growing Forward 2 assisted one Ontario grower. “We started with GF2 to assist with, first, understanding our business’s financial position and then gaining an in-depth understanding of the cost of production. This, in turn, steers analysis of what products and processes need improvement to achieve higher margins.”


Under the new project category, some of the eligible activities producers can undertake include: installing screening or plastic curtains to keep pests out of production facilities, installing pest control devices, or purchasing equipment for freezing honey bee equipment. Click here for more information.

In Ontario, the program is delivered to farmers by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Leading our webinar will be OSCIA program coordinator Barbara Caswell. She will outline how GF2 works in Ontario.

Growing up in a small farm town in Ontario, Barb has worked closely with the farming community. Since completing her Master’s of Science at the University of Guelph in 2004, she has worked with the Turkey Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Sheep Federation, before joining OSCIA as a Program Coordinator for GF2.

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