Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Tweed Regional Award Winner

 

Paul Goddard – Northumberland County

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Paul Goddard; Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings

Paul Goddard; Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings

Paul Goddard has found a way to turn sunlight into gold for the apple industry.  He developed a foil-like mulch that directs sunlight to the underside of apples. The mulch is applied below the canopy of apple trees and creates more uniform colouring of the fruit. This helps apple growers meet the high standards demanded by chain retailers who always look for shelf-appeal in produce. Through trial and error, Goddard has established the first viable system for broad-based commercial use of this product. The reflective mulch, already adopted by 13 commercial growers, improves yields, enhances quality and helps make Ontario’s apple industry more competitive.

 


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