Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Algoma Highlands

Thanks to Mandi Ramdhanie and Trevor Laing, 605 acres of land outside of Wawa are now home to Ontario's first and only wild blueberry farm and winery. By implementing environmentally sustainable land clearing and low-bush cultivation techniques, the pair has successfully commercialized Ontario's indigenous blueberry plant. The operation is growing exponentially, producing nearly 64,000 kilograms of berries in 2015. On top of selling fresh and frozen blueberries, jams, syrups and BBQ sauces last year, Alogma Highlands diverted 450 kilograms of blueberries to five 1,000-litre fermenters and will be ready for fruit wine lovers in 2017. The company is introducing new products to market and creating new jobs in the community.


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