Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner

Kent Kreek Berries - Norfolk County

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Ted McMeekin,  Jeff, A.J., Tina, Brandon, Paula and Greg Zelem

Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale,
Jeff, A.J., Tina, Brandon, Paula and Greg Zelem

Blueberries are a popular treat, but picking and preparing them for sale takes a lot of time and hard work. Kent Kreek Berries is using specialized blueberry harvesting equipment that cleans, sorts and grades blueberries on the go and drives itself! The farm has modified equipment to make it more efficient at harvesting mature high bush blueberries, which has increased the yield on the 16-acre operation by five percent, or 10,000 pounds. That's a lot of blueberries! These improvements have encouraged Kent Kreek Berries to expand its acreage and consider more value-added activities like a winery and agri-tourism. Other blueberry growers, and raspberry growers as well, are interested in adopting this technology.