Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Prins Grow Inc. - Jordan Station

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Fabiola and Jan Prins

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Fabiola and Jan Prins

Jan and Fabiola Prins grew up in the famous Westland greenhouse district of the Netherlands, so they know a thing or two about growing flowers. They're the first in Ontario to grow amaryllis - familiar to many as a potted plant that adorns Canadian homes over the winter holidays - as a cut flower. The Prins adopted a Dutch hydroponic system and modified it to work with Ontario's climate and growing conditions. They find the system is easier to work with and helps keep nematodes under control. Since introducing the innovation to their greenhouse in Jordan, the Prins are losing fewer bulbs to disease and seeing an increase in flower size and quality. It has resulted in higher production that keeps four full time and several seasonal employees busy. And it means more Canadians can enjoy the dramatic beauty of the amaryllis flower in the dull of winter.


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