Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2011 Regional Award Winner


Willowtree Farm - Port Perry

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Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough and Alex McKay

With a few modifications, a corn planter can become a garlic planter and a tunnel fan used to dry hay can do double duty on garlic, too. This market gardener has moved into garlic in a big way by using machinery and materials that were already on-farm, rather than buying equipment custom built for garlic production. Besides saving time and money, the owner has a larger garlic crop with a lower deformity rate, better weed control and higher returns. Production has increased from 250 pounds in 2008 to more than 3,000 pounds on three-and-a-half acres in 2010. Ten acres were planted in the fall of 2011.

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