Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Niagara-on-the-Lake Regional Award Winner

 

Vandermeer Greenhouses Ltd. –  Niagara on the Lake

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Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls; John and Randy VanBerkel

Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls; John and Randy VanBerkel

Flowers are set to bloom under grape power at Vandermeer Greenhouses Ltd. These innovative growers will be the first in Ontario to fill their anaerobic digester with grape pomace, the waste material left over from winemaking. The growers have also adapted a corn silage storage system to house the pomace before it goes into the digester. They anticipate that this free, organic waste material will power their entire greenhouse, and produce excess power that can be sold to the grid. By using grape pomace, this grower is squeezing the most out of an opportunity to save thousands of dollars in heating costs — and generate green power that benefits the environment.


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