Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Riverbend Farm Inc. – Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, and Steve Pohorly

Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, and Steve Pohorly

Cherries are one of nature’s sweetest gifts - so are birds and rain - but these two can rob an orchard of its fruit. Over the last three years, the high density dwarf cherry trees on Riverbend Farm have been protected by plastic, greenhouse-like tunnels that hide the fruit from winged cherry-pickers and damaging rain and hail. As a result, the farm produces sweeter, larger cherries since they stay on the trees much longer. The need for fungicide and insecticide spraying has dropped about 40 per cent - and workers enjoy harvesting cherries in the pouring rain without getting wet. This family farm is among the first in Ontario to use tunnel coverage to help grow their sweet cherries.

 


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