Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Harwood Estate Vineyards

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Photo of Kerry Wicks and MPP Lou Rinaldi

Kerry Wicks and MPP Lou Rinaldi

What's good for the environment and the community can also be great for business. Just ask Harwood Estate Vineyards. The vineyard is 100 per cent solar-powered, eliminating monthly energy bills that previously were up to $2,000. Nor do the green practices stop here. In partnership with Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the progressive vineyard introduced experimental pest control strategies such as pheromone disruptors and cover crops. To conserve water supplies and ensure irrigation during dry periods, Harwood Estate also installed a catchment system that harvests 85,000 litres of rainwater each year. Finally, the company only hires locally, supporting the local community and economy. Thanks to these measures, Harwood Estate has cut its costs, helped the planet and generated a whole lot of good will.

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