Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Zurbuchen Farm

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Zurbuchen Farm

Joseph Taylor, MPP Arthur Potts and Werner Zurbuchen

There's a whole lot of leading-edge technology behind every apple in Zurbuchen Farm's 50-acre orchard. For years, this grower has scoured Europe for the latest and greatest technologies to apply here in Ontario. It's a long list. Since 2010, the orchard has used a mechanical thinner that removes flowers without using chemicals. A platform aid for pruning, equipped with pneumatic tools and a compressor, has significantly reduced effort and improved worker safety. A belt system and bin trailer has increased productivity and eliminated the need for heavy bags. Finally, Zurbuchen Farm uses a specialized picker to retrieve windfall apples for juice and processing markets. With its finger on the pulse of innovation, this grower is helping drive the entire industry forward.

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