Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2016 Regional Award Winner

 

Orangeline Farms

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Jordan Knaiziew,  MPP Deb Matthews, Steve Stasko and Duffy Knaiziew

Jordan Knaiziew, MPP Deb Matthews, Steve Stasko and Duffy Knaiziew

In Ontario, getting your fill of strawberries in February usually means purchasing strawberries grown outside the province. Thanks to Duffy and Jordan Kniaziew, though, consumers can now get their hands on fresh, Ontario-grown strawberries all year long. Adapting a European technology for growing strawberries in the winter, the growers at Orangeline Farms installed elevated growing gutters and an "umbrella" canopy system at their Leamington greenhouse operation. The addition of humidification, cooling and frost protection systems extended their growing season, while LED lights help to boost production levels. Since the first crop of Ontario winter strawberries hit shelves in 2014, many other growers across the province have adopted this innovative approach.


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