NatureFresh increasing focus on organic peppers

October 06, 2017
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Oct. 6, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – NatureFresh Farms will soon be growing peppers organically using a patented sustainable organic cultivation system.

The company has signed an agreement with Van der Knaap Group, Netherlands-based specialists in high quality rooting and growing media. . This will support plans by NatureFresh Farms to increase it’s organic peppers lineup from nine acres to 15 acres in 2018, and further this effort with 30 acres of organics by 2019.
Van der Knaap’s R&D team has been working with their partners to develop a cultivation system for growing organically above the soil.

This effort has been led by Karel de Bruijn, R&D manager of Van der Knaap who developed a reactor that converts proteins into nitrates (NO3) nitrogen. This nutritional solution produced with the reactor is free from organic residue, fungi and bacteria.
“Our team strives to constantly innovate in order to improve our growing practice,” says John Ketler, general manager of NatureFresh Farms.

Working with Van der Knaap’s cultivation system underscores NatureFresh Farms’ commitment to improving the quality of its organics offering by applying the latest technologies from across the globe.

“Sustainability is core to our business and this partnerships allow us the ability to think globally and grow locally,” says company CEO and owner Peter Quiring.


NatureFresh Farms has grown to become one of the largest independent, vertically integrated greenhouse vegetable growers in North America.

Growing in Leamington, Ont., and Delta, Ohio, the family-owned company prides itself on exceptional flavour and quality and ships greenhouse-grown produce year-round to key retailers throughout North America.

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Van der Knaap is a group of companies specialized in high quality rooting and growing media. The group offers professional horticulture solutions in the field of natural rooting and growth media. Van der Knaap consciously chooses raw materials that are recyclable and therefore environmentally friendly.

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