Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Niagara-on-the-Lake Regional Award Winner

 

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm – Fonthill

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Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls; Jerry Howell

Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls; Jerry Howell

You could call Jerry Howell the Walt Disney of his community. Howell has spent more than 30 years pursuing his childhood dream of growing the best pumpkins, while innovating and marketing agri-tourism that includes both education and a fun farm experience.  Visitors delight in animal petting areas and an array of animated shows and displays. The farm’s ‘Rex, the pumpkin eating dinosaur’ is one of the unique innovations that has been adopted by others, and the farm’s ‘singing chickens’ have been commercialized and sold to more than 30 farm-based attractions in Canada. Howell Family Pumpkin Farm employs four full-time and 76 seasonal employees who help give families an entertaining and educational experience on the farm.


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