Orangeline/Zing earns farm family award
By Dave Harrison
Sept. 25, 2017, Walton, Ont. – An Ontario greenhouse operation was one of 11 Ontario Farm Family Awards winners sponsored by BMO.
The awards were presented during the International Plowing Match.
The winners were selected to recognize the outstanding contributions they have made by bringing the community together to celebrate both these exceptional families and the vital urban-rural relationship.
The Kniaziew Family, founders of Orangeline Farms and Zing! Health Forward in Leamington, are among this year’s recipients.
“BMO has been a steadfast supporter of the Canadian agricultural community throughout our 200 years of doing business, and this event recognizes the Ontario families that lead the sector in business and environmental best practices,” said Julie Barker-Merz, senior vice-president, South Western Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.
“We’re thrilled to honour the leadership of these families in the agriculture sector and their vital support of the Ontario economy.”
Orangeline Farms has dedicated itself to optimize environmental factors, through features such as rainwater recovery for irrigation, optimized plant nutrition, and the use of energy curtains to reduce fuel consumption.
“On behalf of our entire team, it is an honour to be recognized for our collective hard work, innovation and environment stewardship,” said company president Duffy Kniaziew.
Most recently, the addition of insect exclusion netting provides an extra layer of protection between the outside environment and the healthy food we produce.
“We are one of the first greenhouse operations to adapt to this progressive endeavour that puts a physical barrier between the peppers, our consumers and any pests,” said Kniaziew. “This is an advancement that most organic growers do not currently utilize.”