Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Blueberry Hill Estates

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MPP Deb Matthews, Angie Vranckx and Nick Vranckx

MPP Deb Matthews, Angie Vranckx and Nick Vranckx

After a decade in the blueberry business, Dale Vranckx grew tired of labour-intensive harvesting and losing berries to pests and high winds. Inspired by the trellises used in high-density apple orchards and grape operations, Vranckx hired a local company to develop a trellis system for blueberry bushes. Growing vertically made the crop easier to spray and harvest, increased yields by 10 per cent, improved worker efficiency, decreased berry losses and added an extra week of harvesting to the season. Vranckx continues to find new ways to improve his system, including adding netting and developing a better harvester to work in tandem with the trellises.

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