Whether it’s an insatiable appetite for knowledge or a drive to innovate, their nominators’ comments – as well as their own – reveal exactly why these winners earned a top spot. Thank you to Paul Boers and Prins Greenhouses for their generous support of the awards this year.
Winners of the GreenTech innovation awards were announced last week in Amsterdam, NL. Highlighting innovations in horticultural technology, the three-day global trade show drew 10,465 professionals from 112 countries and 477 exhibitors.
Formed in 1988 by vegetable and flower greenhouse growers, the co-operative was first created as a means to increase their natural gas purchasing power. Today, membership to Ag Energy is open to all businesses in the agri-food sectors, including food processors, dairy farms, wineries, cannabis growers and ethanol production facilities. Plus, they now offer electricity and different pricing options, continuing to meet their members’ needs while upholding their core values of contribution, caring and collaboration between members, consumers and stakeholders.
A new competition for strawberries was introduced at the 11th annual Greenhouse Competitions this year, and it was a hit.
Greenhouse grower Casey Houweling, owner of Houweling Nurseries in Ladner, BC is part of a consultant team behind MYM Nutraceuticals Inc.
Gerry Mastronardi, owner of T G & G Mastronardi greenhouses, says he was on "pins and needles" over the past few years trying to keep up financially with the carbon tax, soaring hydro rates and a higher minimum wage. He’s hoping a Ford government will offer some relief.

"The previous government kept giving us these initiatives of being more efficient, more efficient, more efficient. Well, I want to know when the government is going to be more efficient and accountable, and I think right now we are going to see that," said Mastronardi.

However, Mastronardi says the Progressive Conservative government still has a lot of work to do. | READ MORE

A closer look at the minimum wage hike in Ontario, BC and beyond

In a recent study by Dalhousie University, 70% of surveyed Canadians strongly agreed that genetically modified (GM) food and ingredients should be labelled on all packages. The rest of the results suggest that Canadians are unclear on the safety and benefits of GMOs.
When the Business Development Bank of Canada released its widely cited consumer trend survey in 2013, it came as little surprise to many in the East that Atlantic Canadians make more of an effort to purchase locally made goods than some other parts of the country.
Grower Day returns this year with a new line-up of speakers. Join us for a full day of talks on 'the roots of successful propagation' on June 20th at the Holiday Inn St. Catharines. You'll hear from:
The interest in Proven Winners’ new succulents line Coral Creations was overwhelming.
Local greenhouse owners are changing their hiring practices and closely monitoring workers' overtime since Alberta's employment standards update in January.
Everyone in Canada’s business community remembers the mid-2017 announcement from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne about minimum wage. Her plans to quickly and significantly raise minimum wage raised eyebrows across the country. As promised, at the start of 2018, she raised the rate by $2.60 per hour (from $11.40 to $14) and a further increase to $15 is planned for 2019.
Floral flavours are the number one consumer food trend for 2018 according to Whole Foods Market. For years, professional chefs have been using edible flowers as garnishes or to give dishes a signature flavour and consumers are now seeking new culinary experiences at home and experimenting with unconventional ingredients. In partnership with Freeman Herbs, Vineland has been investigating consumer preference for edible flower varieties for positioning in the marketplace.
What better way to create awareness of our sector than by inviting school children into the greenhouse?
For Dauphin, Manitoba, there’s a new year-round tomato greenhouse coming to town.

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