Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner


Heeman Strawberry Farm, Middlesex County

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Will Heeman, Tom Heeman, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

Will Heeman, Tom Heeman, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

Row covers offer a great way to protect crops from frost, but requires a concerted effort to install and remove. Determined to improve productivity and efficiency, the growers at Heeman Strawberry Farm assembled large spools for the row covers and mounted them on the back of an ATV. As one worker holds the loose end of the sheet, the driver can now quickly and easily unwind the covers over the crops. The system also reels the sheets back into tightly rolled bundles, making them less prone to damage and easier to store. The system is so simple, Heeman's are now covering six times as many acres as before, increasing production and revenue.

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