Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Orchard Park Growers Ltd. - Niagara Region

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John and Gerard Schouwenaar, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

John and Gerard Schouwenaar, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Orchard Park Growers are providing a quality home-grown product that's adding a bouquet of colour to Ontario gardens. The innovative greenhouse growers have developed a local source of affordable, quality gerbera seedlings for sale to other Ontario growers, who previously had to import them. And they're nurturing their plants in an environmentally-friendly way. The operation collects all runoff water for sterilization and reuse. The greenhouse's propagation space is controlled by an environmental computer system, which oversees climate control and fertilizer use. All this effort and investment has paid off. Orchard Park now supplies the majority of Ontario's gerbera growers with affordable, quality seedlings. It has also tripled finished potted gerbera sales in just six years, distributing their products in Canada and the U.S. Thanks to this innovative grower's vision, everything's coming up daisies.


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