Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2014 Regional Award Winner

 

Kaley's Acres

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Photo of Adrian Quinn, Draupali Quinn and MPP Lou Rinaldi

Adrian Quinn, Draupali Quinn and MPP Lou Rinaldi

These days, more and more nutrition-conscious consumers are reaching for kale. And what tastier way to enjoy it than in the form of chips? In 2009, Draupadi and Adrian Quinn converted 10 acres of former tobacco fields into kale production. The hardy crop has an exceptionally long growing season that extends right until December. The real magic however happens in the 5,000-square-foot on-farm processing facility. Here, the nutrient-packed leaves are transformed into five different flavours of raw, guilt-free snacks. Annual sales have sky rocketed, and the operation employs 15 seasonal and year-round workers. With demand strong and growing, the Quinns are now planning to open a 20,000-square-foot processing plant down the road that will process 20 tonnes of kale a week.


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