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Ontario’s newest vegetable plant propagator


July 26, 2013
By Dave Harrison

July 26, 2013, Forest, Ont. – Ontario’s newest vegetable plant
propagation greenhouse, Roelands Plant Farms Inc., will be sowing seeds
for its first customers this year.

July 26, 2013, Forest, Ont. – Ontario’s newest vegetable plant propagation greenhouse, Roelands Plant Farms Inc., will be sowing seeds for its first customers this year.

The state-of-the-art facility, located near the shores of Lake Huron, is owned and operated by Adrian and Jodi Roelands. It is slated for completion in mid-October of this year, and will be servicing cucumber, pepper and tomato growers throughout North America for their upcoming crops.

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Propagation specialist Arie Alblas, centre, with farm owners Jodi and Adrian Roelands.

When completed, the greenhouse will consist of 16,000-square-metre (four acres) greenhouse propagation space and 4,000-sq.m  (one acre) of warehouse facility.

Roelands Plant Farms is incorporating design features that will offer the best propagation service possible, providing growers with vigorous plants for their future crops.

GLASS VENLO DESIGN GREENHOUSE

Striving for ideal growing conditions, the greenhouse is a glass Venlo design with seven metres under the gutters, ebb-and-flood concrete floors, grow lights in the entire growing space, and energy/shade curtains, among other features.

Plants will be given optimum growing space in an environment with maximum natural light. With extra features such as sterilization of irrigation water in a secure irrigation room, infloor heating, height adjustable grow pipes and compartment dividers, Roelands Plant Farms will provide optimum growing conditions and a high standard of hygiene.

Propagation specialist Arie Alblas has been welcomed as production manager.

“I have almost a decade of experience growing vegetable plants, but propagation is slightly different,” says Adrian, “so working with Arie will be extremely informative.”

Alblas has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, 12 years of experience with a prominent Dutch propagator, eight years of propagation experience in Ontario, and four years of sales experience in vegetable greenhouse supply.


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