Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Brooymans Farms - Elgin County

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Van Bommel; Anne and Rene Brooyman

(Left to right: Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Van Bommel; Anne and Rene Brooyman)

Brooymans Farms knows good things come in small packages. Rene Brooyman was one of the first farmers to plant #9 dwarf rootstock apple trees in Ontario. He began sharing his knowledge with other apple growers by hosting tours and educating them on how to manage and achieve high yields in this type of orchard. Today, his is one of the most visited farming operations in the province for this crop specialty. Most commercial apple orchards in Ontario are now on the #9 rootstock. Growing shorter apple trees has reduced labour and spraying costs by 50 per cent, and resulted in higher yields and better returns. The equipment innovations and practices the farm uses have been proven over the years and continue to attract significant attention.


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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: May 14th, 2008
Last Reviewed: May 14th, 2008