Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2008 Mildmay Regional Award Winner


Hillside Gardens Limited - Simcoe County

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Jennifer and Ron Gleason; Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce

Jennifer and Ron Gleason; Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce

Ron Gleason is helping to strengthen the gate-to-plate connection. He redesigned an existing software program for use as a farm traceability program. It's capable of tracing all field activities from harvest, to packing, to shipping dates and destinations. Lot IDs are assigned in each step in the process, and the end product is dated with a bar code sticker. The wireless, computerized system will only allow product that has been assigned to a load to be picked and scanned. This improves many aspects of the business, from inventory rotation and quality issues to recall efficiency and inventory control. The system provides "real time" inventory and work is underway to expand its capabilities. Hillside Gardens is also the winner of the $50,000 Minister's award.

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