Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


Beverly Greenhouses Limited

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MPP Chris Ballard and Jan VanderHout

MPP Chris Ballard and Jan VanderHout

Like all greenhouse cucumber growers, one of the VanderHout's biggest headaches is bugs: the aphids, thrips and whiteflies that munch on their plants. The Vanderhout's are fighting fire with fire, cultivating beneficial insects that destroy cucumber bugs. That's why you'll find more than just cukes growing in their 20 acres of greenhouses. The VanderHout's have found the perfect mix of plants to support his insect warriors: grasses for his aphid parasites, ornamental peppers for the bugs that fight thrips and mullein for a whitefly predator. By experimenting, they figured out the best locations, watering regimes and pruning regimes for these "banker plants." The result is better pest control with little or no need for insecticides: a solution that's good for growers, good for consumers and good for the environment.

Creation Date: 06 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 10 November 2015