Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Truly Green Farms

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Truly Green Farms

Hilco Tamminga, David VanDamme, MPP Kathryn McGarry, Charles Devries and Greg Devries

Inside Truly Green's 22.5-acre Chatham greenhouse, the ripening tomatoes aren't just fresh and flavourful. They're also carbon neutral. Truly Green was established next door to the GreenField Ethanol plant to take advantage of the carbon dioxide the plant emits. Not only does using the CO2 promote tomato growth, it ensures that 15,000 metric tonnes of planet-warming gases stay out of the atmosphere each year. That's the equivalent of taking 3,000 cars off the road. Over the next ten years, Truly Green plans to expand to 90 acres of greenhouse production, sequestering even more CO2 from its neighbour. By taking advantage of the ethanol plant's waste heat, Truly Green also keeps its own energy use to a minimum. Now that's a tomato you can feel good about.

Creation Date: November 20, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 26, 2014