Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Brant Regional Award Winner

 

VandenBorre Fruit Farms Elgin County

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Dave Levac, MPP for Brant; Ingrid and Maurice VandenBorre

Dave Levac, MPP for Brant; Ingrid and Maurice VandenBorre

You can put away the ladders at this apple orchard. Maurice VandenBorre designed a self-propelled apple harvesting unit that can pick, prune or thin multiple rows of apple trees, even in inclement weather. The hydraulic unit has proved its efficiency for 20 years and has attracted many Canadian and international visitors. This innovation eliminates the need for operators to run up and down ladders. Less jostling of both the operator and fruit results in fewer bruised apples and elbows. The unit has helped speed up harvesting and is used by the farm seven months of the year.


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