Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Prince Edward County Lavender

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MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Rolande Leblanc and Derek Ryles

MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Rolande Leblanc and Derek Ryles

For years, Rolande Leblanc and Derek Ryles have been growing lavender and distilling the blooms into essential oil. But when the Prince Edward County duo added peppermint, basil, lemon verbena and a number of other essential oil plants to their fields, their steam-distilling system couldn't keep pace. The 100-litre extractor took 16 days to distil a single batch of plants, and switching from one type of plant to another involved a laborious cleaning process. Their new 600-litre system changes all that. It can distil a batch in just four days, boosting production. Moreover, the system's straight condensing tubes are simple to clean, taking the headache out of switching from one plant to another. These days, things are smelling pretty sweet at Prince Edward County Lavender.


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