Structures & Equipment
N.S. program helps greenhouse growers recover from Hurricane Fiona
The deadline for applications is Feb. 24.
February 16, 2023 By Greenhouse Canada
Nova Scotia’s government has introduced a program to help the province’s farmers replace greenhouses damaged during Hurricane Fiona.
The new $3-million Fiona Greenhouse Replacement Program helps registered farm owners build or buy new greenhouses, grow tunnels and other related infrastructure.
“Producers have worked tirelessly over the last several months to pick up the pieces after the devastating impacts of the hurricane,” says Greg Morrow, provincial minister of agriculture. “We said we would support our farmers and this program is just one of the ways the provincial government is delivering on that promise.”
Eligible expenses include structures, electrical and heating equipment, monitoring and climate-control tools and associated labour. Funding amounts vary by structure. Successful applicants will be reimbursed up to $10 per sf for heated greenhouses, $7.50 per sf for unheated greenhouses and $5 per square foot for grow tunnels.
Applications are available here and will be accepted until Feb. 24. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and own a registered, active farm; damage to infrastructure and equipment must have been sustained on Sept. 23 or 24, 2022; and a quote detailing eligible costs should be submitted with the application or by Mar. 15.
Farmers who have previously applied for greenhouse-related assistance through the Fiona Agricultural Disaster Assistance program do not need to apply again. A case manager will reach out directly.
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