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2015 Regional Award Winner
Bradley Wright, Leela Ramachandran and MPP Sophie Kiwala
Even in the depths of February, you'll find salad greens growing at Bluegrass Farm, thanks to greenhouses with a twist. As well as heat from the sun, Leela Ramachandran's and Bradley Wright's four greenhouses use radiant floor heating to keep greens growing throughout the harsh Ontario winter. Fuelled by a wood-fired boiler, the energy-efficient system heats the soil, not the air. Within 10,000 square feet of greenhouse space, the pair grow cold-hardy crops like spinach, arugula and lettuce. Insulation around the perimeter and under the floor helps keep the heat in, while insulating fabric laid over crops on cold nights provides extra protection. For just $15 per million BTUs, the system gives Bluegrass Farm customers their fix of fresh, local veggies - all winter long.