Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Pioneer Flower Farms Limited - St. Catharines

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Henk Sikking

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Henk Sikking

Any gardener can tell you that planting bulbs is very time consuming and sometimes back-breaking. Imagine having to plant 2.5 million bulbs in pots every week for four months! The owners of Pioneer Flower Farms needed to find an efficient potting machine. So, over the course of more than two years they designed and fabricated a less expensive and more efficient machine. Henk Sikking utilized the design of a machine used for planting in crates and modified it to work with pots. Now, sixteen employees can plant 10,000 pots per hour, whereas previously ten people could only plant 2,500 pots per hour. This represents a 150 per cent increase in bulb planting per hour. Employees can also keep up more comfortably with the speed of the new machine.


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