Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Buurma Farms – Watford

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MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex Maria Van Bommel, Harry Buurma and Roger Buurma

MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex Maria Van Bommel, Harry Buurma and Roger Buurma

Harry Buurma’s innovation could revolutionize the way biosolid pellets are spread on farmland. The pellets he began receiving from the City of Windsor did the job in terms of economically putting nutrients in the soil of his 3,000 acres of cash crops, but the machinery available to get it on those crops was antiquated and inefficient. Using his innovative streak, Buurma landed on the idea of altering the spreader to make it more efficient and environmentally responsible. He took a 26-foot lime and litter spreader and made extensive modifications to it. The spreader was redesigned so that it spreads the pellets evenly and efficiently and avoids spillage during transport. This innovation has resulted in higher crop yields and a better bottom line.


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